Join us in the performance of Handel’s most renown opera. This masterpiece contains all of the best characteristics of a baroque opera in a nutshell. With its unforgettable arias, finely written recitativos and dramatic libretto, Giulio Cesare is easily one of the most performed operas in modern theaters and a complete must have on every singer’s and musician’s repertoire.
Giulio Cesare in Egitto
Giulio Cesare is without doubt George Frideric Handel’s most performed opera. In it, the composer showed his genius craft and he delivered a score very rarely equalled. The drama takes place in ancient Egypt, and tells the love story between Giulio Cesare and Cleopatra, but also the struggle and hate between Cleopatra and her brother Tolomeo, a love triangle between Tolomeo, Achila and Cornellia, and Cornelia’s son Sesto’s vengeance quest. All in all the perfect baroque drama. We journey through the plot while listening to the sweetest, brightest, angriest, saddest, happiest and most beautiful music ever written. The sheer range of every character’s dramatic range is understandable only after reading about Handel’s singers. Senesino, one of the greatest castratos of all times was the first Giulio Cesare. Francesca Cuzzoni, one of the most famous sopranos of her time sang Cleopatra. Another well-known soprano called Margherita Durastante was Sesto. The list goes on and it deserves a whole doctoral thesis to do it justice properly.
We selected the 1724 version for our performance. Of the many versions that Handel himself made of the piece this is probably the most commonly performed in opera houses around the world. It has 8 characters: Giulio Cesare, Cleopatra, Tolomeo, Cornelia, Sesto, Achila, Nireno and Curio. 6 of those roles are big enough to be considered main roles and nuanced enough to be one of the most beautiful challenges in every singer’s life. Together with you, we will perform it in full staging and costumes, accompanied by a baroque orchestra.