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David McVicar's take on Giulio Cesare left me completely stunned - I have never felt so many different emotions during one performance - it made me both laugh and cry in equal measure. In one scene you are deeply touched by the genuine torment the singers express and in the next, without undermining the story or the music, you delight in the humour and are uplifted by the enchanting dancing that seems to fit so perfectly with Handel's lively rhythms.
The singing, acting and dancing of this all star cast is outstanding and is led by Sarah Connolly as a superb and very convincing Giulio Cesare. Danielle de Niese is a sexy, mesmerizing Cleopatra and a consummate singer/actress who steals the show (you can see more of her discussing this, her debut Glyndebourne performance, in the extra bonus features). William Christie draws rich and magical playing from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, revealing the dramatic, lively and tender layers in Handel's luscious music.
In the documentary feature McVicar says 'Entertainment is not a Dirty Word' and I absolutely agree with him. Opera was always meant to entertain and this production does just that! It is one of the few I can watch again and again and I highly recommend a night on the sofa with this DVD.
Viewing this version of Guilio Cesare had me watch it four times over the month since I got it. I was impressed with every single aspect. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Nancy Morse
Such a wonderful production. In many respects I enjoyed the NY Met Opera production with Natalie Dessay more, but nonetheless, this cast and production is amazing.Published 19 months ago by C. Kerlin
This is one of the most incredible opera productions I've ever seen, the music is exquisite, the artist some of today's baroque interpretersPublished 20 months ago by Ileana Mesa-Paul
excellent acting, voices were wonderful, and cleo was beautiful. I especially liked the humor of the production.
It couldn't have been better!!
The Met's production of the past season was wonderful featuring Natalie Dessay as Cleopatra, giving a comical touch to the whole piece. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Sumie Jones
This is an amazing production of Giulio Cesare. Sarah Connolly is awesome! I keep playing this over and over and highly recommend this opera. Read morePublished 21 months ago by mousefan
Many thanks for all the positive reviews. I would never have bought this DVD without your input. Being a traditionalist, and almost never enjoying the contemporary, the opera may... Read morePublished on January 19, 2013 by Thistle Brown
This production of Handel's Giulio Cesare was recorded at Glyndebourne in 2005 and delivers a sparkling production by David McVicar and `authentic' styled performances from the... Read morePublished on November 11, 2012 by I. Giles
British mezzo Sarah Connolly gives a tour de force in the role of Caesare in this 2005 Glyndebourne production, directed by David McVicar and featuring William Christie conducting... Read morePublished on November 8, 2012 by Farb Dannon