Boston Baroque opens with Handel’s ‘Xerxes’

By Jeremy Eichler [Boston Globe, 25 October 2008]

Boston Baroque has taken to opening its recent seasons with semi-staged opera performances. And so it was last night in Jordan Hall, when Martin Pearlman and his ensemble delivered a strong, richly detailed performance of “Xerxes,” Handel’s tale of lovelorn royals complexly entangled in romantic yearnings beyond their control.