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Handel's 'Giulio Cesare' -
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ROBERT ANDERSON

'Graham Pushee sings with utmost bravura, fire and clarity ...'

Handel: Giulio Cesare, live from the Sydney Opera House. © 1994 Opera Australia, 2005 EuroArts Music International GmbH

Haym as librettist and Handel as composer connived at adjusting the ages of Caesar and Cleopatra so as to deprive the one of his baldness and to grant the other so experienced a coquetry that, in this production, she is prepared to seduce while semi-submerged in a bathtub. It matters not a jot that the mournful Cornelia as Pompey's widow never set foot in Egypt, nor that Sesto was stepson to her and not son. Bernard Shaw's Ptolemy XIII is vastly preferable to Haym's, a petulant boy rather than lascivious and sadistic tyrant. So much for history, which has hardly bothered with opera.

Yvonne Kenny as Cleopatra and Graham Pushee as Caesar in Act II of Handel's 'Julius Caesar in Egypt'. DVD screenshot © EuroArts Music International GmbH
Yvonne Kenny as Cleopatra and Graham Pushee as Caesar in Act II of Handel's 'Julius Caesar in Egypt'. DVD screenshot © EuroArts Music International GmbH

 

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