Handel's Giulio Cesare

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Saturday, April 27, 2013

David McVicar's cheeky yet affecting production of Handel's Giulio Cesare was a hit of the Glyndebourne Festival in 2005. Now his playful take on the Baroque masterpiece arrives at the Met with a powerhouse cast that includes French soprano Natalie Dessay and American countertenor David Daniels as the lovers, and British mezzo Alice Coote as Sesto.

While radio audiences won't be able to see the Bollywood-style dance number or British imperialist imagery, the music -- full of long virtuosic lines -- will take center stage. Baroque specialist Harry Bicket conducts.

Cast:

Cleopatra Natalie Dessay
Sextus (Sesto) Alice Coote
Cornelia Patricia Bardon
Julius Caesar (Giulio Cesare) David Daniels
Ptolemy (Tolomeo) Christophe Dumaux
Achillas (Achilla) Guido Loconsolo

Conductor Harry Bicket
Production David McVicar

Comments [5]

Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

No joking i meant GIULIO CESARE, not Giukio Cesare.

Apr. 27 2013 03:45 PM

Bravo!! Gorgeous music, courageous performance
Louis

Apr. 27 2013 03:13 PM
Lochlan from Manhattan

Bravo, tutti. That's to say when I stick with Handel when I should be outside on the most beautiful day of the year, George and these wonderful performers reward me with Vitamin M - I can get D on another occasion. A parade of stunning arias. I'll always want to speak on the side of generosity. Handel is his own blessed country. Best regards. Lochlan

Apr. 27 2013 01:23 PM
concetta nardone from Nassau

CBC: Will give this a listen. Did not like last week's Siegfried. Voice too light. Hope you are well. Tante belle cose.

Apr. 27 2013 08:11 AM

CBC not my cup of tea. state buon'

Apr. 26 2013 09:48 PM

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