Handel's Serse

Handel's Serse is a tale of cleverness and bravery in a fictionalized ancient imperial court of King Xerxes. Schemes are hatched, letters go astray, servants and nobles collude in deception, and a mysterious visitor in disguise takes treacherous action -- all for the sake of justice and honor.

Like our beloved Alcina (Seattle 2014 and Boston 2015), our 2017 opera adaptation is an hour-long spoken play interspersed with the best musical numbers from the original work, all acted and sung by our student cast aged 6 to teen. SHAK students bring to life the glories of the Baroque age, with costume, dance, and fencing from the time, accompanied by an all-star period-instrument chamber orchestra. 

The public performances on March 25 celebrated Early Music America's Early Music Month.

Elementary school performance photos by Don Roberts:

Behind-the-scenes photos from parents, staff, and fans:
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