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! Julius Caesar features awe-inspiring acrobatics as well as opera.

Giulio Cesare is making history at the Opera Festival. It’s the first ever baroque opera by Handel in the festival repertoire.


  • Conductor

    Ville Matvejeff

  • Director and dramaturg

    Marin Blažević

  • Set design

    Dalibor Laginja, Marin Blažević

  • Costume design

    Sandra Dekanić

  • Lighting design

    Dalibor Fugošić

  • Videos

    Igor Crnković

  • Croatian National Theatre Orchestra

  • Language


  • Subtitles

    Finnish and English

  • Duration

    3 hrs 45 min, incl. two intervals

Diana Haller
Giulio Cesare
Anamarija Knego
Renata Pokupić
Dubravka Šeparović Mušović
Sonja Runje
Dario Bercich
Luka Ortar