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.
Written May 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
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.
Written December 20, 2014
fantastic! unbelievable singing from everybody! a treat to watch. comedic vaudeville-type choreography added - helped make the almost 5 hours go by quickly.
Written May 22, 2015
What we saw, about an hour and a half was great. Then the HD transmission ceased. After some delay, someone came out and explained that they record the transmissing when it is sent to the theater, but somehow there was nothing there after the first hour and a half. I guess a tip would be someone at the local theater should review the recording they just made when the transmission is sent to make sure they got it all BEFORE selling tickets to the performance.