|by George Frideric Handel|
|Genre||Opera seria in 3 acts|
|Native title||Giulio Casare in Egitto|
|Other title||Julius Caesar in Egypt|
|Librettist||Nicola Francesco Haym|
|Premiere||Royal Academy of Music|
20 February 1724
Giulio Cesare in Egitto (English: Julius Caesar in Egypt) is an opera in three acts with music by George Frideric Handel. The Italian libretto was written by Nicola Francesco Haym. It was based on an earlier libretto written by Giacomo Francesco Bussani. The opera was written for the Royal Academy of Music.
The opera was first performed in London on 20 February 1724. It was a success. It was performed again in 1725, 1730, and 1732. It was also performed in France and Germany.
Giulio Cesare was not performed in the 19th century. Many people had forgotten all about it. It was not until 1922 that the opera was performed again. Since then, it has been performed around the world. It is Handel's best opera. It is known simply as Giulio Cesare.
Roles[change | change source]
- Giulio Cesare (Julius Caesar) - alto castrato
- Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt - soprano
- Tolomeo, her brother and husband, King of Egypt - alto castrato
- Cornelia, widow of Pompey - contralto
- Sesto, her stepson - soprano
- Achilla, Tolomeo's General - bass
- Curio, a praetor, Caesar's General - bass
- Nireno, Cleopatra's and Tolomeo's servant - alto castrato
Other websites[change | change source]
- Aria Database - Giulio Cesare arias and operatic roles database
- Metropolitan Opera Broadcast: Giulio Cesare Archived 2007-12-24 at the Wayback Machine
- Opera Today - Giulio Cesare Libretto
- Giulio Cesare, Opera in Three Acts on IMDb. Filmed at Glyndebourne Opera House in East Sussex, England. Opus Arte Archived 2012-11-05 at the Wayback Machine DVD, released 01/04/2006, contains behind the scenes extras.