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Online - Glyndebourne Open House: Giulio Cesare

Sunday August 16, 2020 at 17:00
Available online until
Sunday August 23, 2020
Glyndebourne YouTube channel, Lewes
Free admission – no ticket required

  1. Giulio Cesare HWV 17 - George Frideric Handel

When Egypt’s seductive queen meets Rome’s powerful ruler, the stakes are high, both for politics and passion. Horrified by the brutal murder of his rival by Cleopatra’s brother Tolomeo, Cesare joins forces with Cleopatra to depose her unscrupulous sibling. But is their alliance one of love, lust or just mutual ambition?

A true Glyndebourne classic, David McVicar’s production brings all-singing, all-dancing energy to one of Handel’s greatest scores. Sumptuous designs that nod to Britain’s colonial history transform a tale of political intrigue into a dazzling spectacle, sweeping the audience up in its tangled web of power, revenge and romance.

The resourceful, complicated Cleopatra and smooth statesman Cesare are two of Handel’s most fascinating creations – characters whose music, by turns heart-breaking and ecstatic, includes so many of the composer’s finest arias.

William Christie conducts a cast led by Sarah Connolly’s Cesare and Danielle de Niese as Cleopatra.

Giulio Cesare was captured live at the Glyndebourne Festival in 2005. It is streamed on the Glyndebourne website from Sunday 9 August (5pm) to Sunday 16 August (5pm).

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