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By BGARY02
Written April 28, 2013
Thoroughly enjoyed this opera. I enjoy Handel anyway, so this is just icing on the cake. David Daniels is at his best, as is Natalie Dessay. The remaining cast was also superb. Sets and costumes couldn't have been better. Congratulations to David McVicar for his design and direction. Looking forward to next season. It seems like each MET HDTV Season gets better.
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Gioulio Cesare in Egipto

By Martamite
Written April 29, 2013
It was very cleverly conceived. Though many seemed to criticize the repetitions, the countertenors, the dressed in drag, etc. it was more entertaining than the original concert presentations and made more understandable. After all, it is a Baroque piece, composed long ago when repetitions were always done. When they are cut you were criticized for doing so. It is an art to be able to repeat many times but with different inflections and feelings. One should study a little background before seeing any opera to really understand it. Both Dessay and Daniels have the parts under their belts though their voices are not as strong as they once were. The mother and son were at their all-round best. It was really worth seeing and hearing.
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Loved this opera!

By momto1FL
Written May 01, 2013
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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Unbelievable Arias

By Persia
Written April 29, 2013
The arias were unbelievable! Natalie Dessay was wonderful as Cleopatra and did very lively choreography. A nice balance of drama and comedy -- absolutely delightful sensory experience!
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Giulio Cesare - unexpectedly comic, counter-tenor a shock, overall wonderful

By mchyun
Written April 28, 2013
This was my first experience seeing this opera. I was delighted to find it had a comic aspect. I was shocked to learn that Cesare had a high voice (falsetto,counter-tenor) and not a deep commanding baritone. The plot went from flirtatious, to dangerous, to romantic, to bloody and back again to a crowning glory at the end. The production was terrifically inventive and dazzling. I'd love to see it again. The performers were all superb.
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