Simple but Effective
Handel's 'Giulio Cesare' in Versailles,
reviewed by ROBERT HUGILL
The opera house within the Palace of Versailles has started to expand its activities. It has always been used by the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles but since 2009 the theatre has been casting its net rather wider and the current season has included music by Berlioz, Gounod and Schubert. On Sunday 22 May 2011 we caught the final performance of Handel's Giulio Cesare in a co-production between the Royal Opera Versailles, the Atelier Lyrique de Tourcoing (director Jean Claude Malgloire), Opera de Reims and the Theatre National Populaire de Villeurbanne (director Christian Schiaretti). The production was directed and designed by Christian Schiaretti, and Jean Claude Malgloire conducted his own ensemble, La grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roi along with nine players from the orchestra of the Opera de Reims.
The theatre at Versailles is, of course, not contemporaneous with Handel's opera...
Copyright © 30 May 2011