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Winchester Thurston School
555 Morewood Ave, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213
Britsburgh invites you to attend dinner with the King of Persia and his love. There will be food, a panel discussion, and networking evening around Handel's masterpiece XERXES.
In partnership with Pittsburgh Festival Opera, we are holding an Evening with Handel's opera — Xerxes. Come listen to select arias, participate in a discussion about the opera, meet the director and cast. Enjoy a lovely evening with food and drink.
Jonathan Eaton — Artistic and General Director of Pittsburgh Festival Opera
Daniel Rigazzi — Director of Xerxes
Andrey Nemzer — Countertenor; As Xerxes
Lara Lynn McGill — Soprano; As Romilda
Cody Bowers — Countertenor; As Arsamene
Join us for an evening with our panel of experts:
6-7pm — Dine, meet and greet.
7-8.30pm — A spot of singing from the opera; discussion; meet the cast
8.30 onwards — Social reception
Britsburgh Performing Arts and Britsburgh Society members have access to 20% off tickets for the Britsburgh Xerxes opening night performance at the Fauk Auditorium, Winchester Thurston School on Thursday, July 14th.
George Frideric (or Frederick) Handel was born in Germany in 1685 but settled in London, England at aged 27 and became naturalized British in 1727. Handel wrote the music for the opera Xerxes (or Serse, in Italian) and it was first performed in London on 15 April 1738.
Sibling and romantic rivalry are at play in the court of Persia where King Xerxes and his brother vie for power and affection in this comic masterpiece. Xerxes plans to marry Romilda, but his brother is also in love with her. When a former fiancée vows revenge, entertaining complications abound, all set to Handel’s Baroque musical magic. Metropolitan Opera director Dan Rigazzi, who staged the company’s sold-out production of Handel’s Julius Caesar in 2016, returns with his acclaimed stars Andrey Nemzer, Met countertenor, in the title role, and Lara Lynn McGill as Romilda. Pittsburgh’s celebrated Chatham Baroque ensemble is again under the baton of conductor Walter Morales.