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Giulio Cesare and Cleopatra
About the performance

The premiere of the opera by George Frederic Handel Giulio Cesare in Egitto took place on the 20th of February 1724 at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London. It became one of the composer’s greatest triumphs.

It was followed by further success, which was proved by its multiple renewals in London and productions on the continent – in Paris, Braunschweig and Hamburg.

The enthusiastic reception by the audience was facilitated by the outstanding cast at the premiere: alto castrato Senesino (Guilio Cesare), soprano Francesca Cuzzoni (Cleopatra), alto castrato Gaetano Berenstadt (Tolomeo), contralto Anastasia Robinson (Cornelia), soprano Margherita Durastanti (Sesto), bass Giuseppe Maria Boschi (Achille). All of them were the stars of the operatic stage and collaborated with Handel for many years, as participants of an enterprise that he managed. Later, when new artists were introduced, the composer rewrote the parts for voices of different tessiture. That way the part of a young Sesto was given to tenors and the role of Tolomeo was performed by Francesca Bertolli (contralto). The name of the opera varied even during the life of the composer. For instance, in Braunschweig it was called Giulio Cesare and Cleopatra.

Premiered at the Boris Pokrovsky Musical Theatre on November 3, 2002.

Presented with one interval.

Libretto by Nicola Francesco Haym

Conductor of the premiere
Lev Ossovsky
Costume Designer
Rafail Volsky
Choreographer
Lilia Talankina
Lighting Designer
Vladimir Ivakin
Scene:
Chamber Stage
Run time:
3 hours
Language:
Italian

Sung in Italian.

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Alexander Polkovnikov as Giulio Cesare.

Photo by Vladimir Mayorov.

Tatiana Fedotova as Cleopatra.

Photo by Vladimir Mayorov.

Alexander Polkovnikov as Giulio Cesare.

Photo by Vladimir Mayorov.

Victoria Preobrazhenskaya as Cornelia, Irina Kurmanova as Sesto.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

Kirill Filin as Giulio Cesare.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

Tatiana Fedotova as Cleopatra, Roman Shevchuk as Nireno.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

Ekaterina Ferzba as Cleopatra, German Yukavsky as Tolomeo.

Photo by Vladimir Mayorov.

Alexander Polkovnikov as Giulio Cesare, David Tselauri as Curio.

Photo by Vladimir Mayorov.

Maria Patrusheva as Cornelia, Ekaterina Ferzba as Cleopatra.

Photo by Vladimir Mayorov.

Tatiana Fedotova as Cleopatra, Kirill Filin as Giulio Cesare.

Photo by Vladimir Mayorov.

German Yukavsky as Tolomeo, Azamat Tsaliti as Achille.

Photo by Vladimir Mayorov.

Maria Patrusheva as Cornelia, Azamat Tsaliti as Achille.

Photo by Vladimir Mayorov.

A scene from the performance.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

German Yukavsky as Tolomeo, Alexey Morozov as Achille.

Photo by Vladimir Mayorov.

Alexander Polkovnikov as Giulio Cesare, Ekaterina Ferzba as Cleopatra.

Photo by Vladimir Mayorov.

Tatiana Fedotova as Cleopatra, Kirill Filin as Giulio Cesare, David Tselaur as Curio.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

A scene from the performance.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

Alexander Polkovnikov as Giulio Cesare, Ekaterina Ferzba as Cleopatra.

Photo by Vladimir Mayorov.

Azamat Tsaliti as Achille.

Photo by Vladimir Mayorov.

Tatiana Fedotova as Cleopatra.

Photo by Vladimir Mayorov.

Alexander Polkovnikov as Giulio Cesare, Ekaterina Ferzba as Cleopatra.

Photo by Vladimir Mayorov.

A scene from the performance. Tatiana Fedotova as Cleopatra, Kirill Filin as Giulio Cesare.

Photo by Pavel Rychkov.

Cast
15 January
2022

Saturday, 19:00

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Synopsis

Act I

Cesare and his troops settle victoriously in Alexandria after defeating Pompeo’s forces. Cesare, who knows nothing about the fate of the vanquished enemy, is generous: he agrees to an appeal from Pompeo’s wife and son – Cornelia and Sesto – for a peaceful settlement of his and Pompeo’s old rivalry.

Their joy was tempered, however, by Achille, leader of the Egyptian military, who brings Cesare a casket containing the head of Pompeo, presented as a giſt from the king of Egypt Tolomeo. Cornelia is grief-stricken, she faints as a result. Cesare is furious about Tolomeo’s cruelty and sends Achille back with a message of contempt and disgust. He orders to bury Pompeo’s body with the dignity and the respect that he deserves.

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