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previously released on Laser Disc and VHS is now available on DVD!
Though sung in the original Italian, Giulio Cesare is relocated in the
unspecified future in the Middle East. Cesare is the unquestioned leader
of a major world power who visits the Empire's number one global
trouble spot. Ptolemy is a 14-year-old "self styled local potentate"
and Cleopatra his beautiful and spoiled elder sister.
Included in this DVD are the English subtitles supplied by director Peter
Sellars himself, specifically created to match and enhance his personal vision of this opera. CAST LIST JEFFREY GALL Giulio Cesare SUSAN LARSON Cleopatra MARY WESTBROOK-GEHA Cornelia LORRAINE HUNT Sesto JAMES MADDALENA Achilla DREW MINTER Tolomeo CHERYL COBB Nirena HERMAN HILDEBRAND Curio SÃ¤chsische Staatskapelle Dresden Craig Smith, conductor Directed by Peter Sellars
I couldn't make it past an hour of this nonsense.
The opening scene is a mixture of scenery styles, which don't distract from the barely adequate singers. Read more
The 20 Century costumes, including swimming attire, are too avant garde for me. I would like to see the opera in a more traditional setting.Published on September 21, 2011 by Thomas H. Coleman
This would have made a decent video if it had been filmed competently but the video director chose to film everything in super macro close-up. I found it unbearable to watch! Read morePublished on December 6, 2009 by Brent Trafton
Sometimes people just forget to put a theatrical event in its proper perspective,a much more harmful mistake that any director or performer can do,even in case someone disagree the... Read morePublished on August 2, 2007 by Guntram
I come to this review with mixed feelings: On the positive side, the production quality of this 2006 DVD from DECCA is superb, even though it's not in widescreen, which is a shame,... Read morePublished on July 23, 2007 by OperaOnline.us