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Mozart's La finta giardiniera
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2 hours, 58 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 26 November 2009

Presented by Penny Gore.

BBC Radio 3's series of the complete Handel operas continues with Serse - a convoluted love intrigue set in the ancient world. One of the composer's most popular operas, it mixes seriousness and comedy, and counts the celebrated Ombra mai fu among its many memorable arias.

Handel: Serse - opera in three acts

Serse ...... Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano)
Romilda ...... Elisabeth Norberg-Schulz (soprano)
Atalanta ...... Sandrine Piau (soprano)
Arsamene ...... Lawrence Zazzo (countertenor)
Amastre ...... Silvia Tro Santafe (mezzo-soprano)
Ariodate ...... Giovanni Furlanetto (bass-baritone)
Elviro ...... Antonio Abete (bass)
Les Arts Florissants
William Christie (director).


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