Giulio Cesare is Handel’s most celebrated opera: a thrilling story of passion and revenge featuring a treasure trove of great arias of immense dramatic intensity.
The opera follows the events surrounding Julius Caesar’s conquest of Egypt, as well as his uneasy alliance and then romance with fabled Egyptian queen Cleopatra.
English Touring Opera is presenting this 4-hour masterpiece as two separate shows, The Death of Pompey and Cleopatra’s Needle: either makes for a great night out, so book for just one if this is your first baroque experience, or book for both to hear every note in the score.
Part II: Cleopatra’s Needle (Sat 21 Oct, 8pm)
Most of the protagonists are at their lowest ebb: Pompey’s family is enslaved, Caesar is presumed dead, and Cleopatra is made captive by her brother. When their fortune changes, Caesar and Cleopatra are changed also, in ways they never expected. This evening starts with the last 5 scenes from Part 1 repeated with variations, to give audiences a complete and rounded experience.
Both parts sung in Italian with English surtitles
Saturday 21 October
The Old Hall Hotel (Talbot Room)
6.45pm: Staging baroque opera today
7.15pm: Performing baroque music in the 21st century