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Julius Caesar Part II: Cleopatra’s Needle

by George Frideric Handel

31 October 2017

Julius Caesar Parts I and II

Julius Caesar Parts I and II

Julius Caesar Parts I and II

Julius Caesar Parts I and II

Overview

GIULIO CESARE PART 2: CLEOPATRA’S NEEDLE

Giulio Cesare is Handel’s most celebrated opera: a thrilling story of passion and revenge featuring a treasure trove of great arias of immense dramatic intensity.

The opera follows the events surrounding Julius Caesar’s conquest of Egypt, as well as his uneasy alliance and then romance with fabled Egyptian queen Cleopatra.

English Touring Opera is presenting this 4-hour masterpiece as two separate shows, The Death of Pompey and Cleopatra’s Needle: either makes for a great night out, so book for just one if this is your first baroque experience, or book for both to hear every note in the score.

In Part 2, most of the protagonists are at their lowest ebb: Pompey’s family is enslaved, Caesar is presumed dead, and Cleopatra is made captive by her brother. When their fortune changes, Caesar and Cleopatra are changed also, in ways they never expected. This evening starts with the last 5 scenes from Part 1 repeated with variations, to give audiences a complete and rounded experience.

 

 

New production, sung in Italian with English surtitles 

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    4 Star Rating - The Times, Whatsonstage, The Stage

    English Touring Opera has assembled an outstanding cast for this prestige production, dominated by a performance from Soraya Mafi as Cleopatra that verges on the divine. Artistically, it has a worth beyond rubies - WhatsOnStage

    Without a doubt, the show’s star is Soraya Mafi, whose beguiling Cleopatra melts hearts… When Mafi is singing, we get lift off - Daily Telegraph

     

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    Times

    Tuesday 7.30pm

    Running Time: 2 hours 20 minutes, including one interval

    Prices

    Evenings £23.50 £29.50 £33.00 £35.00 £37.00
     

    Please note: from Monday 24th April 2017, all prices in the Main House and Ustinov Studio incur a booking fee of £1.25 per ticket in addition to the advertised prices, regardless of payment method or amount of tickets booked. Please note all prices in the egg theatre incur a booking fee of 50p per ticket in addition to the advertised prices, regardless of payment method or amount of tickets booked.

    Please note the ticket price includes a £2 Building Levy. 

    Plus £1 postage

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