Met Opera on Demand Catalog
(Apr. 27, 2013)
Composer: George Frideric Handel
Librettist: Nicola Francesco Haym
Handel; Dessay, Bardon, Daniels, Coote, Dumaux
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Approximate running time: 4 hrs. 5 min.
David McVicar’s inventive hit production of Handel’s most popular opera sets the story of Caesar’s conquest of Egypt—and of its queen, Cleopatra—in the era of British 19th-century imperialism while also including elements of Baroque theater and Bollywood movies. David Daniels in the title role and Natalie Dessay as Cleopatra lead the cast. Christophe Dumaux is Ptolemy, Cleopatra’s brother, and Alice Coote and Patricia Bardon star as Sesto and Cornelia, son and widow of Caesar’s opponent Pompey. Early music specialist Harry Bicket conducts and plays harpsichord continuo.