Written May 25, 2016
Interesting take on this opera. I enjoyed most of the changes exept the costuming as a flapper. The music was terrific and beautifully sung, but some of the "modernized" tricks were distracting to the story, ie. "call me" signal, umbrella use, battleship, blimps and cruise ship back drops, etc. The counter tenors were terrific!
Written September 30, 2016
I hated this production so much I left after the first act. What a waste of talent and beautiful voices: Natalie Dessay, David Daniels, Christophe Dumaux, Giudo Locosolo. It was worse than Rigoletto in Las Vegas. It was insulting to the performers and to the audience: dumbing down a beautiful work of art!
Written February 27, 2017
It took a lot of living for me to be ready to appreciate opera. I'm there! Having experienced the Met and having experienced the HDLive version, I'd rate both as enriching, satisfying, engaging, fun escapism. Giulio Cesare was a feast for the eyes and ears. I hadn't expected to laugh so much - totally enjoyed the anachronisms and inside jokes. The performers were consummate entertainers. I'll look forward to the next season.
Written February 23, 2017
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.
Written July 31, 2016
fantastic! unbelievable singing from everybody! a treat to watch. comedic vaudeville-type choreography added - helped make the almost 5 hours go by quickly.