Giulio Cesare

G. F. Händel

The love story of Julius Caesar and Queen Cleopatra is one of Handel’s best operas. A genuine cosmopolite, Handel honed the Italian baroque opera tradition to perfection while enjoying the height of his popularity in London. Opera was the perfect match to baroque’s decorative and dramatic exuberance. 

In Giulio Cesare in Egitto, power and love are intertwined. The opera is fuelled with energy from the delectable music and the believable characters of the story. This production is a musical tragicomedy, a fast-paced battle for love.  

The director of the production, Marin Blažević, is also the artistic director and head dramaturge of the Opera Company of Croatian National Theatre. He has weaved multiple layers into the story. The performance starts with a rehearsal, builds up and evolves into a masterful opera spectacle, begins to fall apart, and eventually disappears. In the midst of all the entertaining extravaganza, “we’re searching for ways to make our Giulio Cesare both relatable and current, both in terms of global politics and the pandemic,” the director says.  

Giulio Cesare is making history at the Savonlinna Opera Festival as the first baroque opera by Handel performed on the Olavinlinna stage. The lead role is sung by Diana Haller, the sought-after virtuoso of baroque repertoire. 

See also the other visiting performance from the Croatian National Theatre in Rijeka, Arlecchino & Gianni Schicchi.

If you have tickets for summer 2021, you can move your reservation to next year. For more information and instructions, please see here. 

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Team

  • Conductor

    Ville Matvejeff

  • Director and dramaturg

    Marin Blažević

  • Set designers

    Alan Vukelić & Marin Blažević

  • Costume designer

    Sandra Dekanić

  • Lighting designer

    Dalibor Fugošić & Marin Blažević

  • Projection designers

    Dobriša Radovanović & Alan Vukelić

  • Choreographer

    Michele Pastorini

  • Rijeka Symphony Orchestra

  • Rijeka Opera Choir
  • Ballet of the Croatian National Theatre Ivan pl. Zajc
  • Language

    Italian

  • Subtitles

    Finnish and English

  • Duration

    app. 4 hours 15 minutes, two intervals

Cast

Diana Haller
Giulio Cesare
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Anamarija Knego
Cleopatra
Michaela Selinger
Sesto
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Dubravka Šeparović Mušović
Cornelia
Sonja Runje
Tolomeo
Luka Ortar
Achilla
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Franko Klisović
Nireno
Ivan Šimatović
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