Giulio Cesare

G. F. Händel

Baroque operas were born at a time when the Age of Enlightenment was budding and the great philosophers pondered the mysteries of existence. Masters from Rubens to Rembrandt and Shakespeare had revolutionised aesthetic thinking, while it was fashionable for composers to focus on affections, the expressions of specific emotions. Opera was an ideal art form for the ostentatious and dramatic Baroque era.

The love story of Julius Caesar and queen Cleopatra ranks as one of Handel’s best operas. Power, attraction and love are entangled in a work of art that is brought to life by enchanting music and realistic characters. This production by Croatian National Theatre flies higher than most – quite literally so! Giulio Cesare features awe-inspiring acrobatics as well as opera.

Giulio Cesare is making history at the Opera Festival. It’s the first ever baroque opera on the stage of Olavinlinna.

See also their guest performances of Werther.

The Opera Festival has been postponed to summer 2021 due to the coronavirus epidemic. This summer’s programme will be performed in Olavinlinna in one year’s time. If you have bought or reserved a ticket for summer 2020, don’t worry. Your reservation has been moved to next year. Read more here.


  • Conductor

    Ville Matvejeff

  • Director and dramaturg

    Marin Blažević

  • Set designers

    Alan Vukelić, Dalibor Laginja, Marin Blažević

  • Costume designer

    Sandra Dekanić

  • Lighting designer

    Dalibor Fugošić

  • Video designer


  • Choreographer

    Michele Pastorini

  • Rijeka Symphony Orchestra

  • Language


  • Subtitles

    Finnish and English

  • Duration

    3 hr 45 min, incl. two intervals


Diana Haller
Giulio Cesare
Anamarija Knego
Michaela Selinger
Dubravka Šeparović Mušović
Sonja Runje
Dario Bercich
Marko Fortunato
Ivan Šimatović
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