Opera in three acts (1738) Music George Friedrich Haendel After Il Xerse de Nicolò Minato, revised by Silvio Stampiglia Musical direction Direction musicale, clavecin David Bates Stage direction, scénographia and costumes Clarac & Deloeuil - Le Lab scène
A resolutely edgy production of Georg Friedrich Handel's "Serse" by Le Lab's two Bordeaux-based directors, Jean-Philippe Clarac & Olivier Delœuil. Because "Serse" takes place in a skate park. A Skatepark, like a new Carte du Tendre. Here, the Cour d'Abydos becomes a majestic Skatepark, like those now found in every modern city. A unique, virtually enclosed space, where boys and girls meet up every day to perform tricks, but also to observe, size up, challenge... and seduce each other. It's a world of concrete, wood and metal, with a hedonism that's sometimes morose, but always terribly ironic, if not downright zany. Xerxes is the King of this Skatepark, where different tribes of skateboarders symbolically clash. Skateparks often play host to young people whose games of seduction are not so different from the princely games and courtly rivalries at the heart of 18th-century operas. Similarly, in the Skatepark as in Handel's opera, the parental figure is, if not absent (we know nothing about the parents of Xerxes and his brother Arsamene), at least often ridiculed (with the caricature of Ariodate).
Farnace Jake Arditti Arsamene Jakub Józef Orliński Amastre Cecilia Molinari Romilda Mari Eriksmoen Atalanta Sophie Junker Ariodate Luigi de Donato Elviro Biagio Pizzuti Orchestra of the Opéra de Rouen Normandie
Production compagny : Oxymore
Coproduction compagny : France Televisions, Mezzo
Running Time : 157'
Production Year : 2023
Distribution compagny : Telmondis Disribution
Video Format : HD