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Wonderful music, and hilariously campy.

By joans666
Written April 27, 2015
It's a long time to sit, but provided a delightful afternoon's entertainment. Voices were great, and the big surprise for me was the acting and dancing ability of Natalie Dessay! She is an accomplished comedienne!
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Loved this opera!

By momto1FL
Written April 25, 2015
Really enjoyed every minute of this opera! Very interesting to see how different the costume designs were. Voices and sets were wonderful. Natalie Dessay was amazing! Would highly recommend this, even for those new to opera as I am.
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Giulio Cesare exhaust the audience with its repetitive lyrics

By starlove
Written April 25, 2015
George F. Handel's Giulio Cesare was an enormous disappointment. We were worn out with the repeated lyrics time after time, wondering just why the lines of a piece of music need to be repeated over and over to make their effect felt. It once was said of Roger Williams, founder of the Rhode Island colony, that he thought truth is improved by repetition. Maybe Handel felt the same way. Natalie Dessay as Cleopatra performed brilliantly, both in her singing and in her acting. Alice Coote as Sextus was unconvincing and a bit contrived. David Daniels as Julius Caesar likewise seemed artificial, unreal, simply not really into the role. The final scene was imaginative, itself pointing to the sort of reconciliation in Egypt that was needed. To have Ptolemy and Achillas both reappear, sitting alongside everyone else in the cast, was great staging and very creative thinking. So, all in all, the opera was a mixed bag. I would not recommend it to anyone else.
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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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Giulio Cesare

By phoebecampbell
Written March 05, 2015
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!
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