Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto

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Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto

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29th April 2013




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Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto

Live Recording from The Gran Teatre Del Liceu, 2004

Flavio Oliver (Giulio Cesare), Elena de la Merced (Cleopatra), Ewa Podlés (Cornelia) & Maite Beaumont (Sesto)

Orchestra and Chorus of The Gran Teatre del Liceu, Michael Hofstetter (conductor) & Herbert Wernicke (stage director)

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Giulio Cesare is one of Handel’s most fascinating and exquisite works.

It was brought to Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu under the direction of Herbert Wernicke, who produced a new adaptation including fragments of other Handel operas such as Rinaldo, Orlando and Tolomeo. This freely-interpreted and updated version does not seek to set the opera in a contemporary context but rather to reveal hidden aspects of the work: its psychology, its history and politics.

The orchestra is conducted by Michael Hofstetter and the title role is sung by the Italian-Spanish countertenor Flavio Oliver, who is one of the leading male sopranos in the world today. Singing opposite him in the role of Cornelia, Polish contralto Ewa Podlés explores the wide range of her warm, agile voice. Soprano Elena de la Merced and mezzo-soprano Maite Beaumont complete the cast. Both are excellent Spanish singers well known on the international scene.

Herbert Wernicke uses this concept to create a transverse encounter between different historical and artistic elements. His production merely transfers to the stage an idea, which Handel himself had shown in Giulio Cesare: disorder as a factor of emotional and cultural wealth.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1

Picture Format: 16:9

DVD Format: 2 x DVD 9 / NTSC

Subtitle Languages: IT (Original Language), FR, GB, ES, DE, CA

Running Time: 216 mins

FSK: 0

BBC Music Magazine

November 2013


“Arias from Rinaldo, Orlando and Tolomeo pop up in Wernicke's witty, sexy, stylish production. Pathos, bathos, a singing severed head and a crocodile combine to great effect.”

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