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.
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