David McVicar’s production of Giulio Cesare manages to combine serious insight with entertainment, bringing Handel’s masterpiece to life in a powerful, convincing and highly intelligent way. In every line of the complex narrative the subtle nuances are apparent, reflecting perfectly the transparent and exquisite nature of Handel’s musical expression.
Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true surround sound, the outstanding singing of the all-star cast, led by a superb Sarah Connolly, and the vivid playing of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under the energising baton of William Christie reveal the colour and dramatic character of Handel’s music in a most delightful manner.
Composer: Georg Frideric Handel
Cesare: Sarah Connolly
Sesto: Angelika Kirchschlager
Cleopatra: Danielle de Niese
Tolomeo: Christophe Dumaux
Cornelia: Patricia Bardon
Achilla: Christopher Maltman
Glyndebourne Festival Opera.
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, William Christie 2005
Director: David McVicars
Set Designer: Robert Jones
Costume Designer: Briditte Reiffenstuel
Plus: 'Entertainment is not a Dirty Word' - documentary about the opera including interviews with William Christie, David McVicar and the cast / 'Danielle de Niese and the Glyndebourne experience' - an informal portrait of Danielle de Niese in her first-ever Glyndebourne season.
Sound: LPCM 2.0 / DTS 5.0 1080i
Duration: 306 mins
Region code: All Regions
2 x BD50