Xerse (Bononcini)

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Xerse (Xerxes) is an opera in three acts by Giovanni Bononcini. It was designated as a dramma per musica. The libretto was written by Silvio Stampiglia after that by Nicolò Minato which had been used for the 1654 opera of the same name by Francesco Cavalli. Stampiglia's version was in turn used as the basis for Handel's Serse.

Stampiglia's version keeps to the story used by Minato but there are major differences in the way the work as a whole is structured.

Performance history[edit]

The opera was first performed in Rome at the Teatro di Tor di Nona on 25 January 1694.

Main roles[edit]

Role Voice type Premiere Cast, 25 January 1694
Xerse soprano castrato Nicolò Paris 'Nicolino'
Romilda soprano castrato Antonio Romolo Ferrini
Adelanta soprano castrato Rinaldo Gherardini
Arsamene alto castrato Francesco Antonio Pistocchi
Amastre alto castrato Luigi Albarelli
Elviro soprano castrato Carlo Antonio Corno
Eumene alto castrato Benedetto Cini
Aristone tenor Pietro Paolo Alberti
Clito tenor Giuseppe Trivelli
Ariodate bass Matteo de Grandis

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