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Not what you expect

By bark35
Written May 02, 2013
David McVicar's production was unexpected. This production supposedly took place in colonial times. In one of the first scenes Cleopatra appears dressed like "a flapper" and does a dance that looks like a Charleston. The guards wear pith hemets, with red jackets and revolvers on their hips. They could have passed as "Mounties," if not for the pith helmets. Initially the water background had clipper ships but toward the end there were battleships ala WW11 and dirigibles in the sky. The closing scene could have taken place in the Court of Versaille. It was as if Mr. McVicar went into costumes and props and took whatever he liked with no concern for keeping a consistent timeline. Anachronisms abounded!!!!
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giulio cesare HD live

By noneurons
Written April 29, 2013
Very entertaining. good music- good singing, contra-tenors galore (a little bit hard to get used to) Excellent aria from Daniels and Dessay,near the end. This movie even contains time travel and resurrection - ha ha
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Almost worth the 5 hours

By barbhelm
Written April 28, 2013
You must be a fan of baroque opera and countertenors (there are at least two) and "pants" singers. Once that is established, you will enjoy the singing, the site gags, and the production.
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A delightful treat

By sorsche
Written April 28, 2013
What a great way to end the season. Delicious music, sensitively presented in a most wonderfully expressive way. Fabulous cast/voice/acting all around. Delightful production full of wonderful fun. I'd see this one again and will likely buy it when it (hopefully) is released.
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long but lively

By kjketter
Written April 29, 2013
This was a wonderful performance, especially by Natalie Dessay but all of the cast. It's a long opera but so full of action that the pace made it seem much shorter. Beautiful baroque music and the staging with much dancing was remarkable.
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