For the creation of Serse in 1738, Handel called upon the castrato Caffarelli for the title-role, the soprano Francesina (Elisabeth Duparc) and the bass Montagna, a team that had already often charmed London audiences.But this was a new type of work for Handel, in line with the fashion of the moment, with alternating tragic and comic moments, intended to regain a public Handel was otherwise conquering with his oratorios in English. Serse is the composer’s last Italian opera masterpiece; from then on he would compose oratorios.
Subtitles in french
Serse, King of Persia’s love affairs build the narrative thread of an intrigue with political and witty turns and twists (including dressing up) for which Handel has composed many of his finest arias, expressing a great variety of feelings and strongly serving the title-role. Franco Fagioli dons Serse’s costume and inhabits Caffarelli’s vocal fireworks, wonderfully partnered by the delightful Vivica Genaux and Francesca Aspromonte. Expect a festival!
GEORG FRIEDRICH HANDEL (1685 - 1759)
Dramma per musica in 3 acts on a libretto after Niccolo Minato and Silvio Stampiglia.
Created on 15 April 1738 in London.
Franco Fagioli Serse
Vivica Genaux Arsamene
Sandrine Piau Romilda
Francesca Aspromonte Atalanta
Luca Tittoto Ariodate
Marianna Pizzolato Amastre
Biagio Pizzuti Elviro
Il Pomo d’Oro
Maxime Emelyanychev Conductor
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From November 19, 2017 to November 19, 2017
• Annual - 3rd category : 38€ (Please note that some 3rd category seats have limited visibility) / 2nd category : 55€ / 1st category : 72€ / Prestige (glass of champagne + programme) : 105€ REDUCED RATE APPLICABLE TO : - under 26, Chateau de Versailles Spectacles card holders and groups of more than 10 people - holders of the 2 day Chateau de Versailles passport. Reservation by telephone only at +33 (0) 130 837 889 or directly on site on the day of the event (subject to availability). Detailed conditions on the Chateau de Versailles internet site.From 38 € to 105 €
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- On November 19, 2017 from 15:00 at 18:30
- * Duration 3h30 with intermission