english touring opera presents

Handel: Giulio Cesare - Julius Caesar

Showing Tue 14 & Wed 15 November, 7.30pm

Handel: Giulio Cesare - Julius Caesar

This production ended on 15/11/2017

Synopsis

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.

Don’t miss this exhilaratingly epic drama, featuring baroque orchestra The Old Street Band and a first-rate cast including Christopher Ainslie in the title role. Both parts sung in Italian with English surtitles.

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, or book for both to hear every note in the score.



Tue 14: The Death of Pompey

★ ★ ★ ★
Whatsonstage, The Stage; The Guardian

'English Touring Opera has assembled an outstanding cast for this prestige production, dominated by a performance from Soraya Mafi as Cleopatra that verges on the divine. Artistically, it has a worth beyond rubies.' Whatsonstage

'Without a doubt, the show’s star is Soraya Mafi, whose beguiling Cleopatra melts hearts… When Mafi is singing, we get lift off.' Telegraph

In Part 1, a small group of top-ranking Romans find their lives turned upside down in Egypt, while Cleopatra and her brother fight to the death for the throne, using their visitors as pawns. The evening ends with Cleopatra’s unmissable aria, Se pietà di me non senti, which is also repeated at the start of Part 2 for those people only attending the second show.

Running time: 2 hours 35 minutes, incl. one interval

Wed 15: Cleopatra’s Needle

★ ★ ★ ★
The Times, Whatsonstage, The Stage; The Guardian

'English Touring Opera has assembled an outstanding cast for this prestige production, dominated by a performance from Soraya Mafi as Cleopatra that verges on the divine. Artistically, it has a worth beyond rubies.' Whatsonstage

'Without a doubt, the show’s star is Soraya Mafi, whose beguiling Cleopatra melts hearts… When Mafi is singing, we get lift off.' Telegraph

In Part 2, 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.

Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes, incl. one interval

English Touring Opera is the leading touring opera company in the UK, travelling to more regions and to more venues than any other English opera company, offering a varied repertoire of high-quality professional productions with some of the finest talent in opera.


Please note, to access the two show discount, you will need to buy tickets in the same price band for the discount to apply.

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Prices Save 25% by booking both nights Single Show: £35, £27.50, £20, £15; Students, U26s £10 Both Shows: £52, £41, £30, £22; Students, U26s £18