(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
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.
The opera was first performed in Rome at the Teatro di Tordinona on 25 January 1694.
||Premiere Cast, 25 January 1694|