Music by

G. F. Handel

Metropolitan Opera

New York, NY

Sunday October 30, 2011 - 7:30 PM
Friday November 4, 2011 - 7:30 PM
Tuesday November 8, 2011 - 7:30 PM
Friday November 11, 2011 - 7:30 PM
Wednesday November 16, 2011 - 7:00 PM
Saturday November 19, 2011 - 7:30 PM


Xerxes  Susan Graham
Romilda  Lisette Oropesa
Arsamanes  David Daniels
Atalanta  Heidi Stober
Amastris  Sonia Prina
Ariodates  Wayne Tigges
Elviro  Michael Sumuel


Patrick Summers


Nichola Hytner


Michael Walling

Set Designer

David Fielding


Ian Robertson


Libretto by Anonymous revision of Silvio Stampiglia’s libretto 'Il Xerse,' based on Nicolo Minato’s 'Il Xerse'

Widely acclaimed as one of the greatest Handel productions of our time, this visually stunning Olivier Award–winning staging by famed film and theater director Nicholas Hytner (The Madness of King George) is the perfect introduction to this Baroque-era masterpiece. Clever comedy is intertwined with tender poignancy in a tale of unrequited love and intrigue at a royal court. Patrick Summers, who conducts Handel with “astounding depth, virtuosity and clarity” (San Francisco Chronicle), leads an outstanding cast featuring Susan Graham, who “does spellbinding justice to Handel’s heavenly music” (The Wall Street Journal), and David Daniels, “the most acclaimed countertenor of the day, perhaps the best ever” (The New York Times).


Xerxes preview from San Francisco Opera


Xerxes: Birds and Bees Befuddled

"Making her San Francisco Opera debut, 2005 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions winner Lisette Oropesa as Romilda displayed a most engaging light soprano with an especially lovely top. The highest notes may not boom out, but their sweetness and fragility cuts right to the heart."

—  Jason Victor Serinus  •  San Francisco Classical Voice

San Francisco Opera makes old Persian tale 'Xerxes' fresh

Vocalists, well-balanced and without ego, gave all-around outstanding performances in a true ensemble event

—  Janos Gereben  •  San Francisco Examiner

'Xerxes' review: S.F. Opera triumphs from A to X

Soprano Lisette Oropesa made a superb company debut as Romilda, the object of both royal brothers' affection, her singing bright and precise (if a bit small-scaled) and her phrasing eloquently to the point.

—  Joshua Kosman  •  San Francisco Chronicle

Review: San Francisco's Opera's 'Xerxes' might turn out to be the hit of the season

As Romilda, in her company debut, soprano Lisette Oropesa is a porcelain-fine singer, with ample emotion brewing beneath the exquisite surface.

—  Richard Scheinin  •  Mercury News

Performance History

Lisette has given 6 performances as Romilda.