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George Frideric Handel
Giulio Cesare (Julius Caesar)
Sunday 7 October, 3.00
As part of its 2012 Tour, Glyndebourne is treating audiences in Brighton this autumn with a special cinema screening of Handel’s grandest opera, Giulio Cesare.
The triumphant sensation of Glyndebourne’s 2005 Festival, David McVicar’s acclaimed production draws inspiration equally from the British Raj and Bollywood. Flamboyantly slick and sexy song-and-dance staging veers expertly between black comedy and heartbreaking tragedy, as Handel’s sumptuous score pours out some of his most exquisitely fashioned, emotionally affecting and sheerly exciting arias.
A powerful cast is led by mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly as the imperious Roman general and soprano Danielle de Niese as the irrepressibly coquettish Cleopatra, ever ready to render unto Caesar whatever it takes to gain control of her kingdom.
Running time 265 mins.
The Glyndebourne Tour is supported by Arts Council England. Tour 2012 is sponsored by the Daily Mail.