Thursday, July 30, 2015 - Start: 8:00 PM

Opera in three acts by George Frederic Handel (Whitsun Festival 2012, Haus für Mozart – in Italian). A co-production of Clasart Classic and Bel Air Media

Cecilia Bartoli sings the seductive Cleopatra.
Cecilia Bartoli sings the seductive Cleopatra.
The encounter between Giulio Cesare and Cleopatra in the year 48 BC is one of the most dazzling romances in history, combining wartime manoeuvres of state, erotic entanglements, intrigue and exotic colour. Using instrumentation which was unusually lavish for his circumstances, Handel illuminates his figures in all their facets, and his contemporaries agreed that he had created an opera which "offers beauty of every kind in abundance". The focus of the conflict between Cesare and Pompeo is on the seductive powers of Cleopatra, who conquers the heart of the victorious ruler. Eight grand da-capo arias reflect the entire spectrum of human emotions, from frivolous coquetry to passionate love borne aloft by the deepest emotions.


Conductor: Giovanni Antonini | Directors: Moshe Leiser, Patrice Caurier | Orchestra: Il Giardino Armonico | Duration: 280 minutes | Featuring: Andreas Scholl (Giulio Cesare), Cecilia Bartoli (Cleopatra), Anne Sofie von Otter (Cornelia)