A shining success from its very first performance in 1724, Julius Caesar is one of the most famous Baroque operas of all time. With an irresistible blend of passion and intrigue, it was the perfect vehicle for Handel’s dramatic genius.
The story plunges us into the bloodthirsty world of the Roman empire. Caesar’s rival Pompeo has been cruelly executed by the Egyptian king, Tolomeo. But while Pompeo’s widow grieves, and his son Sesto vows vengeance, Tolomeo’s sister Cleopatra decides to seduce Caesar to tip the balance of power in her own favour.
Cleopatra and Caesar discover that they have fallen in love. Tolomeo’s defeat is now imperative, and a feud between the siblings becomes an all-out war. With alliances constantly shifting, who will emerge victorious?
Celebrated Australian director Neil Armfield makes his return to the Pinchgut stage, with a spectacular cast and creative team to bring a fresh perspective to Handel’s masterpiece. English countertenor Tim Mead makes his Pinchgut debut in the title role, while Australian star soprano Samantha Clarke will seduce us all as Cleopatra.
A sensational production to cap off the year, with every voice and instrument from this phenomenal line up of artists perfectly placed for maximum pleasure.