Opera in 3 acts
First performed in 1724, Giulio Cesare, undoubtedly one of the composer’s most successful works, is above all a love story. Whereas in many of Handel’s operas, but also in those of many other composers, conflicts of power often thwart the impulses of the heart, here it is the divergent reasons of state that favour the blossoming and affirmation of the most tender feelings. Handel stands by the power of love, superior to personal interests and other political calculations. For his first appearance in the pit in Paris with his Artaserse ensemble, Philippe Jaroussky has chosen a masterpiece that he knows well, having sung the role of Sesto on numerous occasions, notably in the highly acclaimed Salzburg production alongside Cecilia Bartoli. As for the staging, we will welcome for the first time on Avenue Montaigne a Venetian who is used to the greatest European stages and who has undertaken his first Handel, Alcina, in the summer of 2019 in Salzburg with Ruggiero... Philippe Jaroussky. Everyone agrees on his ability to imagine delicate and highly effective dramaturgical worlds (his Barber of Seville for the Paris Opera is an irresistible visual translation of Rossini’s frenzied score). His debut in opera seria with Alcina also showed his intelligence in giving coherence and emotion to the demanding arias da capo. On stage, a team familiar with the Théàtre des Champs-Elysées and this repertoire, led by a very fine trio of French women.
Giulio Cesare : Gaelle Arquez, Cleopatra : Sabine Devieilhe, Sesto : Franco Fagioli, Cornelia : Lucile Richardot Orchestra ensemble Artaserse
Musical direction : Philippe Jaroussky Director : Damiano Michieletto
Production compagny : Oxymore
Coproduction compagny : Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, avec la participation de France Télévisions et de Mezzo
Running Time : 140'
Production Year : 2022
Distribution compagny : Telmondis Distribution
Video Format : HD