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.
Illustrated synopsis & cast gallery.
Entertainment is not a Dirty Word - documentary including
interviews with William Christie, David McVicar and the cast.
Danielle de Niese & the Glyndebourne experience - an informal
portrait of Danielle de Niese in her first-ever Glyndebourne
Production photo gallery & rehearsals photo gallery.
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