Not too long ago, many people were surprised to learn that Handel was among the most acclaimed opera composers of his time. By now, he's quickly becoming a favorite of our own time, as well. The colorful drama Giulio Cesare (Julius Caesar in Egypt) is one of the many Handel operas being heard more and more often in the world's theaters.
In this production of Handel's Giulio Cesare, the opera's two romantic leads are sung by women: contralto Sonia Prina as Julius Caesar, originally a castrato role, and soprano Jessica Pratt as Cleopatra. Two of Handel's other castrato roles are taken by countertenor Jud Perry as Tolomeo, and mezzo-soprano Samantha Korbey as Nireno. Host Lisa Simeone brings us the opera from the Royal Theater in Turin, Italy, in a performance led by conductor Alessandro de Marchi.
Julius Caesar: Sonia Prina (contralto)
Cleopatra: Jessica Pratt (soprano)
Tolomeo: Jud Perry (countertenor)
Cornelia: Sara Mingardo (contralto)
Sesto: Maite Beaumont (soprano)
Achilla: Guido Loconsolo (bass)
Curio: Antonio Abete (bass)
Nireno: Riccardo Angelo Strano (countertenor)
Teatro Regio Orchestra and Chorus
Alessandro de Marchi, conductor