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Handel: Serse - Andrea Mastroni (vocals); Biagio Pizzuti (vocals); Cantica Symphonia; Delphine Galou (vocals); Francesca Aspromonte (vocals);...
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  1. Serse (Xerxes), opera, HWV 40
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Handel's 1738 opera Serse (Xerxes) baffled audiences at first hearing with its mixture of tragedy and comedy, but that same mixture has resulted in the opera's steadily rising status in performance today. If you're maxed out on athletic opera seria performances, check it out: it has elements of a put-on of that genre. The plot is kicked off by Serse, the king of ancient Persia, praising a shade tree in the famous aria "Ombra mai fu," whose tune is also known as Handel's Largo. The role of Serse is written for a male ...

Handel: Serse 2018, Deutsche Grammophon

UPC: 028948357840