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New Edition and Direction by Mark Streshinsky

Paula Rasmussen, Ryan Belongie, Angela Cadelago, Donald Sherrill, Sonia Gariaeff

Conducted by Alan Curtis

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Handel's operas don't venture into the world of comedy very often. But when they do—and when they're presented with the degree of theatrical verve and musical allure that the Berkeley West Edge Opera brings to its season-opening production of 'Xerxes'—the results are utterly delightful." — Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle



"San Francisco Opera's Xerxes was never as coherent or clever as last year's modern-dress production by the low-budget Berkeley West Edge Opera, with baroque-opera expert Alan Curtis conducting and Mark Streshinsky directing a young cast that rivaled San Francisco's."
— David Littlejohn, The Wall Steet Journal


San Francisco Classical Voice rates The West Edge Opera production of Xerxes one of it's top ten best classical concerts of the year! : "With its new name and excellent new venue, Berkeley West Edge Opera (formerly Berkeley Opera) made the transition to a new era with considerable allure. The season reached its zenith late in the fall with a witty, charming, and beautifully sung production of Handel’s Xerxes, directed by artistic director Mark Streshinsky and conducted by Alan Curtis."


"Saturday's opening of Georg Frideric Handel's 1738 opera, Xerxes, was a triumph. Had I sat through it with eyes closed, I would have felt I had just heard a concert of the world's most sublime Baroque music, artfully performed. On the other hand, had I witnessed it with the sound blotted out, I would have felt that I had been enormously entertained by a show falling somewhere between a Feydeau farce and a Charlie Chaplin silent film. ... In short, Berkeley West Edge's Xerxes has it all: gorgeous music, terrific singers, simple but effective sets, vivid but tasteful lighting, and quite unexpectedly -- comedy." — Cheryl North, Contra Costa Times


Berkeley West Edge Opera's First Rate Xerxes... With a first-rate cast, world class conductor, and superb period instrument orchestra, the El Cerrito–based company reinvented as Berkeley West Edge Opera has taken another major step forward into the future. Curiously, the vehicle for forging ahead is a modern adaptation of George Friedrich Handel’s comedy Xerxes, which premiered in London over 272 years ago. All’s the better, given the uniform excellence of the production."— Jason Victor Serinus, San Francisco Classical Voice

 

 

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