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Set in 48BC in Egypt, Handel's Giulio Cesare
is part historical drama, part comedy and part love story. It charts the progress of Cleopatra's passionate love for Cesare, from his victory over his rival Pompey to their triumphal union in the harbour at Alexandria. Handel creates a succession of exquisite arias, each reflecting perfectly the depth and variety of emotions experienced by the characters. New production for the 2005 Festival. Supported by Balli Group plc. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.Performers Sarah Connolly (Giulio Cesare), Patricia Bardon (Cornelia), Angelika Kirchschlager (Sesto), Rosemary Joshua (Cleopatra), Christophe Dumaux (Tolomeo), Christopher Maltman (Achilla), Rachid Ben Abdeslam (Nireno).
Music Handel. Company Glyndebourne Opera. Conductor William Christie. Conductor Laurence Cummings (Jul 28/31 Aug 2/5/7/11). Director David McVicar. Design Robert Jones. Costume Brigitte Reiffenstuel. Lighting Paule Constable. Director Andrew George (movement).
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