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24 July 2021 (Sat), 19:00 Tchaikovsky Concert Hall - Stars of the Stars  Opera Handel "Giulio Cesare in Egitto" (opera in concert performance)

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Schedule for Handel "Giulio Cesare in Egitto" (opera in concert performance) 2021

Mezzo-soprano: Olivia Vermeulen
Tenor: Juri Minenko
Bass: Daniil Chesnokov
Bass-baritone: Andreas Wolf
Soprano: Lauren Snouffer
Сontralto: Romina Basso
Countertenor : Cameron Shahbazi

Orchestra: State Chamber Orchestra of Russia
Composer: George Frideric Handel
Conductor: Christopher Moulds

Giulio Cesare in Egitto, commonly known as Giulio Cesare, is a dramma per musica (opera seria) in three acts composed by George Frideric Handel for the Royal Academy of Music in 1724. The libretto was written by Nicola Francesco Haym who used an earlier libretto by Giacomo Francesco Bussani, which had been set to music by Antonio Sartorio (1676). The opera was a success at its first performances, was frequently revived by Handel in his subsequent opera seasons and is now one of the most often performed Baroque operas.

Panache, burlesque, emotion, a handful of colourful, larger-than-life characters and a host of wonderful arias characterise Giulio Cesare, the quintessential opera seria (even though its subject is only dramatic in part), a major genre in the 18th century that Handel took to great heights. Giulio Cesare is one of forty such works and the most popular one. The principle? A series of arias that range from tender to mischievous, passionate, martial, majestic, tearful, languorous and desperate, narrating the love of Julius Caesar and Cleopatra, with, as a backdrop, the war with Egypt, political quarrels and domestic unrest. In this heroic and romantic theatrical work, where all sorts of plot twists are possible, the voices, and nothing but the voices, reign supreme, caressing the words, soaring in a whirlwind of dizzying vocalises that intoxicate the senses.

The opera's plot is loosely based on historic events during the Roman Civil War of 49–45 BC.

The action takes place in Egypt, the day after Giulio Cesare’s victory over Pompey. While savouring his victory, Cesare receives a visit from Cornelia, who begs him to spare her husband Pompey’s life. Cesare is about to grant her wish when Tolomeo, king of Egypt (and Cleopatra’s brother), has Pompey's head delivered to Cesare. Everyone is shocked and appalled. Sesto, Cornelia’s son, is obsessed with killing Tolomeo and avenging his father’s death after the latter brutally separates him from his mother. Cleopatra decides to use her charms to win Cesare’s support in her efforts to become queen and rule Egypt alone. At first she is defeated by her brother’s army, but is rescued by Cesare and falls into his arms. After a series of plot twists, Sesto and Cornelia pledge their loyalty to Cesare and Cleopatra, who, in turn, sing of their love.

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