The pasticcio Alessandro Severo from 1738 is based on ten earlier operas to which G. F. Handel added new recitatives and an overture. In it, the composer shows himself to be a master of the genre: in no time at all, he succeeded in compiling a selection of his greatest successes into a new opera plot, a kind of gala performance of his “greatest hits”. At the centre of the action are intrigues by the power-crazed empress Giulia against her son, the Roman emperor Severus Alexander, and his wife, Salustia. The two main roles are excellently cast, with Raffaele Pé and Hana Blažíková. The Italian star singer Raffaele Pé not only gave a performance of the highest musical standard at the 2019 Handel Festival in the title role of Arbace; he is also the first countertenor ever to be invited to sing at the Verona Opera Festival in the Arena di Verona. The renowned soprano Hana Blažíková has also been captivating international audiences for many years with her interpretations of music from the Middle Ages through to the Baroque. They will be accompanied by the Collegium Marianum, playing on historical instruments, conducted by Jana Semerádová, who has already been acclaimed on several occasions in Halle for his dynamic performance style. This rarely performed Handel opera is directed by Deda Cristina Colonna, who studied historical gesture and has already staged a variety of Baroque operas, including at the Innsbruck Festival of Early Music, with great sureness of style. This will be a feast for eyes and ears.