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    David McVicar’s much-loved production makes a triumphant return.

    This legendary production is a Glyndebourne classic – a visually striking, brilliantly choreographed response to one of Handel’s finest scores.

    When Egypt’s seductive queen meets Rome’s powerful ruler, the stakes are high, both for politics and passion. Horrified by the brutal murder of his rival by Cleopatra’s brother Tolomeo, Cesare joins forces with Cleopatra to depose her unscrupulous sibling. But is their alliance one of love, lust or just mutual ambition?

    Power, revenge and romance

    Bollywood meets baroque in David McVicar’s legendary production – a Glyndebourne classic that brings all-singing, all-dancing energy to one of Handel’s greatest scores. Sumptuous designs that nod to Britain’s colonial history transform a tale of political intrigue into a dazzling spectacle, sweeping the audience up in its tangled web of power, revenge and romance.

    The resourceful, complicated Cleopatra and smooth statesman Cesare are two of Handel’s most fascinating creations – characters whose music, by turns heart-breaking and ecstatic, includes so many of the composer’s finest arias. Charting a course from comedy to near-tragedy and back again, this is an opera whose pace never lets up.

    This revival reunites many of the original team behind this spectacular production, including conductor William Christie and Sarah Connolly, who makes a triumphant return in the title role.

    A revival of the Festival 2005 production. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.


    Important dates for Festival 2018


    Giulio Cesare is supported by Dunard Fund

  • Cast and creative team

    Creative team

    Conductor William Christie / Jonathan Cohen
    Director David McVicar
    Set Designer Robert Jones
    Costume Designer Brigitte Reiffenstuel
    Choreographer Andrew George
    Lighting Designer Paule Constable
    Fight Director Nicholas Hall

    Cast includes

    Giulio Cesare Sarah Connolly
    Cleopatra Joélle Harvey
    Tolomeo Christophe Dumaux
    Cornelia Patricia Bardon
    Sesto Anna Stéphany
    Achilla John Moore
    Nireno Kangmin Justin Kim

    Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
    The Glyndebourne Chorus