• Details

    Giulio Cesare has sold out and tickets are available by returns only. You may also enjoy this summer’s other Handel production – Saul

    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.


    Enhance your experience

    Insider talk – Giulio Cesare: Inside an orchestra with the OAE
    Sunday 15 July, 1.45pm – 2.30pm, £9

    Insider talks gives you a behind the-scenes glimpse in to the workings of Glyndebourne – find out more


    Giulio Cesare is supported by Dunard Fund

  • Cast and creative team

    Creative team

    Conductor
    William Christie (10, 15, 23, 29 June; 6 July)
    Jonathan Cohen (10, 13, 15, 20, 24, 28 July)

    Director David McVicar
    Set Designer Robert Jones
    Costume Designer Brigitte Reiffenstuel
    Lighting Designer Paule Constable
    Choreographer Andrew George
    Fight Director Mark Ruddick

    Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
    Leader Matthew Truscott

    On-stage violinist Michael Gurevich
    Harpsichord continuos Florian Carré, Ashok Gupta
    Cello continuo Luise Buchberger
    Bass continuo Cecelia Bruggemeyer
    Theorbo continuo David Miller

    The Glyndebourne Chorus
    Chorus Master Nicholas Jenkins

    Assistant Conductor David Bates
    Music Preparation Florian Carré, Ashok Gupta
    Language Coach Isabella Radcliffe
    Assistant Director Greg Eldridge
    Staff Director Morgan Richards
    Assistant to the Choreographer Colm Seery
    Supertitles Amanda Holden

    Cast includes

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

    Actors Agur Arrien, Alistair Beattie, Trevor Goldstein, Nicholas Keegan, Sirena Tocco, Addis Williams

    * Soloist from The Glyndebourne Chorus

  • Dates and times

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    Performance schedule Gardens Performance Transport
    Date Open Start Short interval *Long interval Finish Train departs Victoria Post opera coach
    Sunday 10 June  
    1.00 2.45 4.20 5.45 8.25 11.46 8.55
    Friday 15 June 2.00 4.05 5.40 7.05 9.45 12.46 10.15
    Wednesday 20 June 2.00 4.05 5.40 7.05 9.45 12.46 10.15
    Saturday 23 June 2.00 4.05 5.40 7.05 9.45 12.46 10.15
    Friday 29 June 2.00 4.05 5.40 7.05 9.45 12.46 10.15
    Friday 6 July 2.00 4.05 5.40 7.05 9.45 12.46 10.15
    Tuesday 10 July <30 2.00 4.05 5.40 7.05 9.45 12.46 10.15
    Friday 13 July 2.00 4.05 5.40 7.05 9.45 12.46 10.15
    Sunday 15 July   1.00 2.45 4.20 5.45 8.25 11.46 8.55
    Friday 20 July 2.00 4.05 5.40 7.05 9.45 12.46 10.15
    Tuesday 24 July 2.00 4.05 5.40 7.05 9.45 12.46 10.15
    Saturday 28 July 2.00 4.05 5.40 7.05 9.45 12.46 10.15
    Opening night
    Insider Talk
    Study event
    <30 Glyndebourne Under 30s performance
    Early Start
    Dining and ticket option available

    *Long dining interval
    Our long dining interval lasts for 90 minutes