Opera Theatre Company brings Xerxes to Skibbereen this February

Opera Theatre Company will stage Handel’s magnificent opera Xerxes in Skibbereen Town Hall for one night only on Saturday, 28th February. Presented as the opening opera in OTC’s Handel Trilogy 2009, Xerxes commemorates the 250th anniversary of the great composer’s death.

One of Handel’s most popular operas, Xerxes is a witty comedy bristling with passion and is famous for its opening aria sung to a tree. When King Xerxes attempts to woo a beauty in love with his brother, a tangled web of thwarted lovers get caught in the romantic crossfire. Sung in English, Opera Theatre Company’s ensemble performs the captivating score with Musical Direction by Andrew Synnott.

Always welcome visitors to Skibbereen, Opera Theatre Company is the national touring company of Ireland, and has a leading reputation in the field of Handel opera. Xerxes is coming to Skibb as part of a national tour,

The cast of XERXES includes Irish mezzo-soprano Imelda Drumm, Natasha Jouhl, Rebekah Coffey and Cork native, Brendan Collins. Xerxes is directed by Michael Moxham with Music Direction by Andrew Synnott. Design is by Sarah Bacon and lighting design by Irish Times Theatre Awards 2009 nominee Kevin Treacy.

XERXES is at the Skibbereen Town Hall for one night only on Saturday, 28th February, at 8pm. Tickets are available through West Cork Music on 027 52788 or Lo Call 1850 788 789