Chatham Baroque joins the orchestra for Opera Theater of Pittsburgh's 2016 production of Julius Caesar.
One of William Shakespeare's most enduring characters, Julius Caesar looms large in contemporary culture (the month of our SummerFest performances is named for him!). The story of the heroic Caesar and the entrancing Cleopatra have fueled countless books, plays, and films, but Handel's 1724 Giulio Cesare in Egitto (Julius Caesar in Egypt) is considered his masterpiece, not just by audiences in Handel's day, but also by opera-goers worldwide today.
Andrey Nemzer, noted Pittsburgh countertenor, takes on the demanding title role, with Opera Theater veteran Lara Lynn McGill as the beautiful Cleopatra, who, as Stacy Schiff observes in her bestselling recent biography of the queen, "has had one of the busiest afterlives in history, eventually becoming an asteroid, a video game, a cliché, a cigarette, a slot machine, a strip club, and a synonym for Elizabeth Taylor."
Performances of Julius Caesar are part of a global commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, as are those of Kiss Me, Kate, Cole Porter's lively backstage musical based on The Taming of the Shrew.
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