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
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
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
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