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
Friday 1 December 2017
Priority booking for Glyndebourne Festival Society Members
Monday 15 January 2018
Priority booking for Glyndebourne Associate Members
Priority booking for Glyndebourne Under 30s
Sunday 4 March 2018
Public booking opens at 6.00pm
Saturday 19 May 2018
Festival 2018 opens
Giulio Cesare is supported by Dunard Fund
Cast and 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
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
Shadric Toop painted collage/original photography Tristram Kenton