M1500 .H13 G38 2006 DVD
Opera in three acts. Music by George Frideric Handel. Libretto by Nicola Francesco Haym.
Though sung in the original Italian, Handel's opera is relocated by American director Peter Sellars to the oil-rich Middle East in the unspecified future. Julius Caesar is the unquestioned leader of a major world power, on a visit to the number-one global trouble spot. The drama unfolds in an exclusive international hotel, still under construction but already suffering from terrorist attacks. There he confronts Ptolemy, a teenaged self-styled local potentate, and fatefully encounters Cleopatra, Ptolemy's beautiful yet spoilt elder sister.
Peter Sellars's productions of Cosi fan tutte, Le nozze di Figaro and Dan Giovanni are also available on DVD.
Cast: Jeffrey Gall (Giulio Cesare) ; Susan Larson (Cleopatra) ; Mary Westbrook-Geha (Cornelia) ; Lorraine Hunt (Sesto) ; James Maddalena (Achilla) ; Drew Minter (Tolomeo), Cheryl Cobb (Nirena) ; Herman Hildebrand (Curio) ; Sächsische Staatskapelle, Dresden ; conductor, Craig Smith.
Sung in Italian with subtitles in English, French, German, Spanish and Chinese.
Distributed by Decca (www.deccaclassics.com/dvd).