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Giulio Cesare

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.

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Performance Info

Performance Date
Apr 27, 2013
Composer
George Frideric Handel
Librettist
Nicola Francesco Haym
Run Time
4 HRS 05 MIN
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Cast & Creative
Conductor
Harry Bicket
Cleopatra
Natalie Dessay
Cornelia
Patricia Bardon
Giulio Cesare
David Daniels
Sesto
Alice Coote
Tolomeo
Christophe Dumaux
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