In this 2010 production from Houston Grand Opera, Susan Graham leads an all-star case in the title role of Xerxes, the tyrannical and flamboyant King of Persia. Soprano Laura Claycomb sings Romilda, whom Xerxes loves but who loves him not. Countertenor David Daniels is Arsamenes, Xerxes' brother, who also loves Romilda (and is loved by her).
This thorny romantic tangle is further complicated by the fact Romilda's sister, Atalanta (Heidi Stober), also loves Arsamenes and schemes to win him. And Amastris (Sonia Prina), the foreign princess betrothed to Xerxes, arrives disguised as a soldier, to find out why Xerxes has yet to claim her.
HGO presents Nicholas Hytner's Laurence Olivier Award-winning production - lauded during its original English National Opera run as "London's most successful Handel staging ever."