David McVicar's sensational production of Handel's Giulio Cesare has arrived at the Met, and the response has been overwhelming.
"The opera is an audacious blend of serious, comic, romantic and adventurous elements. David McVicar matches that audacity in his production… The opening-night audience rose to their feet to give anexuberant ovation" (New York Times).
"Musical and theatrical bliss… A top-flight cast, including David Daniels and Natalie Dessay in captivating performances... Daniels demonstrated that he is the master of this repertoire… Dessay wasastonishing" (Wall Street Journal).
"Dessay was simply brilliant as Cleopatra. She has always been one of the best acting sopranos… she ranges seamlessly from seductress to desperate defeat to jubilant triumph. And she can dance" (Huffington Post). She sang "with sparkle in the perky arias and with melting richness in the sad ones" (New York Times).
As Caesar, Daniels "is again remarkable, singing with his full-bodied sound, emphatic delivery and technical command" (New York Times). As Sesto, Alice Coote was "fiery and rich-voiced" and Christophe Dumaux as Tolomeo "sang his tricky arias with fresh, even tone and immaculate technique" (AP).
McVicar's production is "full of treats and surprises" (AP) and Harry Bicket "draws a lithe, lyrical and stylish performance of this great score from the Met orchestra" (New York Times).
"Four stars...Witty and imaginative. " (Bloomberg).
"A stunning feat… If anyone still harbors doubts that Handel's operas can be excitingly staged, the Met's smashing new production will put them to rest" (Huffington Post).
Don't miss your chance to see this "imaginative" production (New York Times) at the Marion on April 27. Order your tickets today!