Handel: Giulio Cesare DVD (Julius Caesar)
This “dynamite new production” (Opera Today) of Handel’s Julius Caesar inaugurated Cecilia Bartoli’s first season as Artistic Director of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival in 2012. ‘Bartoli’s Dream Start with Dream Voices’ wrote the Vienna Kurier of this uproarious Moshe Leiser/Patrice Caurier in which Bartoli heads a hand-picked cast including Andreas Scholl, Philippe Jaroussky and Anne Sofie von Otter with Il Giardino Armonico conducted by Giovanni Antonini.
“[Andreas Scholl’s] coloratura is note perfect, he phrases recitatives with as much musicianship as arias, and the steadiness and purity of his voice are remarkable.” The Financial Times
“Bartoli remains at her peak … her coloratura flawless, and her voice as colorful and ravishingly beautiful as ever … [one had] to resist running onstage and give her a huge hug.” San Francisco Classical Voice
Cecilia Bartoli (Cleopatra), Andreas Scholl (Cesare), Philippe Jaroussky (Sesto), Anne Sofie von Otter (Cornelia), Christophe Dumaux (Tolomeo), Ruben Drole (Achilla), Jochen Kowalski (Nireno/a), Peter Kálmán (Curio)
Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini, Moshe Leiser, Patrice Caurier (directors)