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Jules César (2011)

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Credited cast:
Lawrence Zazzo Lawrence Zazzo ... Giulio Cesare
Natalie Dessay ... Cleopatra
Isabel Leonard Isabel Leonard ... Sesto
Varduhi Abrahamyan Varduhi Abrahamyan ... Cornelia
Christophe Dumaux Christophe Dumaux ... Tolomeo
Nathan Berg Nathan Berg ... Achilla
Dominique Visse Dominique Visse ... Nireno
Aimery Lefèvre Aimery Lefèvre ... Curio
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Le Concert d'Astrée Le Concert d'Astrée ... Themselves - Orchestre
Choeurs de l'Opéra national de Paris Choeurs de l'Opéra national de Paris ... Chouer
Benoît Hartoin Benoît Hartoin ... Himself - Claveciniste
Emmanuelle Haïm Emmanuelle Haïm ... Herself - Direction musicale
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Drama | Musical

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Country:

France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

10 February 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Giulio Cesare See more »

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16:9 HD
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A fine production overall
25 August 2018 | by bob998See all my reviews

The only performance I can compare this with is the Salzburg Whitsun Festival of 2012, directed by Olivier Simonnet. I found the Salzburg staging deficient in most respects, although the singing was pretty fine; I prefer this version, directed with great verve by Laurent Pelly, because sets, costumes, orchestral contributions (love Emmanuelle Haim's conducting) and most of the singers are first rate.

The idea of having the characters as museum sculptures works wonderfully well, especially for Lawrence Zazzo as Caesar. He sings and acts with great panache, and I much prefer him to Scholl in Salzburg. Natalie Dessay is wonderful as Cleopatra--she's fast and light in her coloratura, whereas Bartoli sometimes gives me the feeling she's singing Aida, she's that full-voiced. The only weak link in the cast is the underpowered Varduhi Abrahamian; Anne Sofie von Otter is clearly superior in the part of Cornelia. Unless I can meet up with the Glyndebourne production, this must be my preferred version.


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