Opera in Bermuda
Attention all opera lovers!
The Gilbert & Sullivan Society is excited to bring the Metropolitan Opera to Bermuda in glorious HD!
Our last presentation this season is on May 4th with Handel's Giulio Cesare (Julius Caesar)
at the Tradewinds Auditorium in the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute.
Performance starts at 5.00 p.m.
This is David McVicar’s lively so-called ‘Bollywood’ version, which premiered to huge acclaim at England's Glyndebourne Festival in 2005. The world’s leading countertenor, David Daniels, sings the title role opposite Natalie Dessay as an irresistibly exotic Cleopatra. Baroque specialist Harry Bicket conducts. In Italian with English subtitles.
WHY IT'S NEWS
David McVicar’s critically acclaimed staging of Handel’s opera, based on the romance between Julius Caesar and Cleopatra, was a hit when it premiered at the Glyndebourne Festival in 2005.The production uses Baroque theatrical devices, choreography, and highlighted themes of love and war to tell what the director describes as “a semi-comic, semi-tragic adventure story.”
David Daniels (Prospero in last season’s The Enchanted Island) sings the title role of Julius Caesar, one of his most acclaimed Met portrayals, opposite Natalie Dessay (last season’s La Traviata, 2011’s Lucia di Lammermoor) in her house role debut as the bewitching and legendary Cleopatra.
The cast also includes Alice Coote (Hansel in 2008’s Hansel and Gretel) as Sesto, Patricia Bardon (Erda in last season’s Ring cycle) as Cornelia, and French countertenor Christophe Dumaux (in his first Live in HD appearance) as Tolomeo.
Harry Bicket (this season’s La Clemenza di Tito), renowned for his sensitive interpretations of Baroque music, conducts the opera, one of Handel’s most enduring and popular works.
“Hail, Cesare! Met Production a Conquering Hero” (New York Post)
“The Met's smashing new production… is a thrilling operatic experience that is a feast for the eyes and ears” (Huffington Post).
“A masterpiece the Met is treating with just the right mix of respect and irreverence” (NY Post). In the title role, David Daniels “is remarkable, singing with his full-bodied sound, emphatic delivery and technical command” (New York Times).
“Natalie Dessay was simply brilliant as Cleopatra. She has always been one of the best acting sopranos, and in Giulio Cesare she ranges seamlessly from seductress to desperate defeat to jubilant triumph” (Huffington Post).
As Sesto, Alice Coote was “fiery and rich-voiced” and Christophe Dumaux as Tolomeo “sang his tricky arias with fresh, even tone and immaculate technique” (AP).
Conductor Harry Bicket “draws a lithe, lyrical and stylish performance of this great score from the Met orchestra” (New York Times).
“A stunning production of one of Handel’s most magnificent works… so kaleidoscopically imaginative that repeated viewings are mandatory… an unforgettable, visionary theatrical event” (Classical Review).
TICKETS are now on sale
*$35 / *$30 students
Book online or purchase at door – cash/cheque/credit card.
All ticket holders are entitled to a 10% discount at the Harbourfront restaurant following the performance upon presentation of their ticket stubs.
All operas are shown with English subtitles
Harbourfront will be providing a cash bar for pre-performance and interval drinks
– and complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served during the intermission.
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Formal dress is not required, but is also not discouraged. A cash bar will be available during all intermissions.
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