David McVicar’s production of Giulio Cesare manages to combine serious insight with entertainment, bringing Handel’s masterpiece to life in a powerful, convincing and highly intelligent way. In every line of the complex narrative the subtle nuances are apparent, reflecting perfectly the transparent and exquisite nature of Handel’s musical expression. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound, the outstanding singing of the all-star cast, led by a superb Sarah Connolly, and the vivid playing of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under the energising baton of William Christie reveal the colour and dramatic character of Handel’s music in a most delightful manner.
Giulio Cesare: Sarah Connolly Curio: Alexander Ashworth Cornelia: Patricia Bardon Sesto: Angelika Kirchschlager Cleopatra: Danielle de Niese Nireno: Rachid Ben Abdeslam Tolomeo: Christophe Dumaux Achilla: Christopher Maltman The Glyndebourne Chorus Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Conductor: William Christie Stage Director: David McVicar
Recorded live at the Glyndebourne Opera House, East Sussex, on 14th & 17th August 2005.