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Apr. 20 2013

04/27/13 – Giulio Cesare – 1PM

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Metropolitan Opera

Giulio Cesare by George Frideric Handel
Libretto by Nicola Francesco Haym

Sung in Italian
Approximate running time: 4 hrs. 5 min., 2 intermissions.

Giulio CesareThe opera that conquered London in Handel’s time comes to the Met in David McVicar’s inventive production—which triumphed at its Glyndebourne premiere in 2005. The Guardian praised McVicar’s “witty, sexy, and tragic post-colonial framing of Handel’s Caesar and Cleopatra tale,” which incorporates elements of Baroque theater and 19th-century British imperialism to illuminate the opera’s ideas of love, war, and empire building. The world’s leading countertenor, David Daniels, sings the title role opposite Natalie Dessay as an irresistibly exotic Cleopatra. Baroque specialist Harry Bicket conducts.

Cast/Crew

Conductor: Harry Bicket

Cleopatra: Natalie Dessay
Sesto: Alice Coote
Cornelia: Patricia Bardon
Giulio Cesare: David Daniels
Tolomeo: Christophe Dumaux
Achilla: Guido Loconsolo

Production: David McVicar
Set Designer: Robert Jones
Costume Designer: Brigitte Reiffenstuel
Lighting Designer: Paule Constable
Choreographer: Andrew George

Photo credits: Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera

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