Written December 18, 2014
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.
Written March 03, 2015
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 May 11, 2013
Superb, if you have a chance to catch a Met Opera production on the big screen take it!
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.
Written January 30, 2015
An innovative take on a rarely performed Baroque opera, with an outstanding cast. The updated production worked very well. Handel would have been pleased.