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Handel: Giulio Cesare

Julius Caesar's visit to Cleopatra in Egypt.
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Season 7

7 Nov. 2013
Donizetti: L'elisir d'amore
Country bumpkin Nemorino is desperately in love with Adina, but she barely gives him the time of day. She seems to be smitten with the handsome braggart, Captain Belcore. Perhaps Dr. Dulcamara can spare a magic cure to save the day.
 
27 Oct. 2012
Verdi: Otello
Before OJ and Nicole, there were Otello and Desdemona. Verdi had to be coaxed out of retirement by his publisher for a new opera; Verdi agreed after meeting librettist Boito, and the two of them settled on Shakespeare for their subject.
 
10 Nov. 2012
Thomas Adès: The Tempest
Composer Ades employs a variety of musical styles, from dissonance to tonality, even a passacaglia for voices. The story follows Shakespeare's play: the banished magician Prospero regains his humanity after outsiders visit his island.
 
1 Dec. 2012
Mozart: La clemenza di Tito
An old-fashioned opera even in Mozart's day, but one that pleased the aristocrats. A plot to murder Roman Emperor Tito nearly succeeds, the Capitol burns, the traitors are caught, Tito forgives all. Give Mozart a break, he needed the cash.
 
8 Dec. 2012
Verdi: Un Ballo in Maschera
The Governor has not been carrying on a secret dalliance with best friend's wife, regardless of how matters appear. No matter, best friend Renato is convinced, and there's no talking him out of it. The truth will be unmasked at the Ball.
 
15 Dec. 2012
Verdi: Aida
A reprise of 2009's performance with a new cast: in her Met debut, Monastyrska is a revelation as the titular princess; Alagna acquits himself well as her love interest. Aida is torn between loyalty to her country and her love for Radames.
 
5 Jan. 2013
Berlioz: Les Troyens
Berlioz' last large-scale work was an attempt to rise above what he viewed as shallow, crowd pleasing "grand" operas in vogue at the time. This is his retelling of nothing less than the Trojan Wars of antiquity; the style hints at Wagner.
 
19 Jan. 2013
Donizetti: Maria Stuarda
Accusations and hostilities are hurled back and forth between Mary, Queen of Scots, and Elizabeth.
 
16 Feb. 2013
Verdi: Rigoletto
Set in rat-pack Las Vegas. Duke is Sinatra; Rigoletto is Don Rickles. Rigoletto owns a condo; he holds the elevator for the courtiers. Later on, when he finds a stranger's corpse in his car-trunk, why doesn't he drive her to the hospital?
 
2 Mar. 2013
Wagner: Parsifal
Many arguments have been made about Wagner's last opera: claims of racism, anti-Semitism, misogyny. The story is simple, really: the Knights who were supposed to guard the Holy Relics managed to lose one; now God wants it back, or else.
 
16 Mar. 2013
Zandonai: Francesca da Rimini
Francesca waits to be fetched to her wedding; her new husband's brother arrives, and they fall instantly in love. The groom happens to be a fierce and remorseless warrior, fresh from battle. Moral: don't sleep with your brother's new bride.
 
18 Oct. 2014
Handel: Giulio Cesare
Julius Caesar's visit to Cleopatra in Egypt.
 

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