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Handel's 'Giulio Cesare' live in HD
fascinated MARIA NOCKIN

 

The life of Julius Caesar was often used for opera librettos in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Between 1628 and 1800 the story of Caesar and Cleopatra was the subject of fifty librettos, but the only one still heard today is the version by Georg Frideric Handel and Nicholas Haym. Although Haym listed many classical sources, he probably got much of his information from a work by the Venetian writer Francesco Bussani, whose work had been set to music by Antonio Sartori in the seventeenth century. However, some of the events in both the Bussani and Haym librettos are historical and can be found in works such as Plutarch's Lives of Caesar and Pompey...

Copyright © 12 May 2013 Maria Nockin,
Arizona USA

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GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL

GIULIO CESARE

ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC

DAVID MCVICAR

GLYNDEBOURNE

METROPOLITAN OPERA

NATALIE DESSAY

HIGH DEFINITION

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