16 Jan-5 Feb 2023


Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Main Stage

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Julie Fuchs

Caesar and Cleopatra, passion and war

Romance and power take centre stage in Handel’s Giulio Cesare, set against the backdrop of Ancient Rome and Egypt. After directing a highly praised production of Rudi Stephan’s Die ersten Menschen in June 2020, Calixto Bieito returns to Dutch National Opera to immerse himself in a very different type of family drama, with an added political dimension.

Photo: Julie Fuchs | © Capucine de Chocqueuse

Caesar and Cleopatra, passion and war

In the midst of the Roman Civil War (49-45 BCE), Giulio Cesare (Julius Caesar) discovers that his rival Pompeo has been cruelly executed by the Egyptian king Tolomeo. While Pompeo’s widow Cornelia mourns her husband, and his son Sesto vows vengeance on the man who killed his father, Tolomeo’s sister and wife Cleopatra decides to seduce Cesare in order to enlist his support and tip the balance of power in her favour.



The music of Giulio Cesare breathes the atmosphere of the Baroque, featuring various period instruments such as the harpsichord, the recorder and the viola da gamba. The arias too are incredibly diverse – some feature virtuosic vocal fireworks, while others may be characterised as the most subtle Handel has ever written. The opera is in expert hands with Emmanuelle Haïm, who specializes in the Baroque repertoire and has an impressive and much-praised discography to her name. Both Haïm and her ensemble Le Concert d’Astrée will be making their Dutch National Opera debut.

Spanish opera and theatre director Calixto Bieito, renowned for his visceral and visually striking approach, promises to wow with a gripping interpretation of Giulio Cesare. Bieito has a first-class ensemble of Handel singers at his disposal, including two rising opera stars, both making their debut with Dutch National Opera – French soprano Julie Fuchs as Cleopatra and Canadian-Italian mezzo-soprano Emily d’Angelo as Sesto. In addition, French countertenor Christophe Dumaux, who has made a name for himself as a Handel specialist, will return to Dutch National Opera in the opera’s title role.

Performance information

Opera in three acts

Sung in Italian

Libretto  Nicola Haym

Musical direction  Emmanuelle Haïm
Stage direction  Calixto Bieito
Set design  Rebecca Ringst
Costume design  Ingo Krügler
Lighting design  Michael Bauer
Dramaturgy  Bettina Auer

Giulio Cesare  Christophe Dumaux
Cornelia  Teresa Iervolino
Sesto  Emily d’Angelo
Cleopatra  Julie Fuchs
Tolomeo  Cameron Shahbazi
Achilla  Frederik Bergman

Le Concert d’Astrée

Co-production with the Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona)

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Ticket prices

Standaard CJP | Stadspas |
Jeugd t/m 16 jaar
1st € 130,00 € 117,00 
2nd € 100,00  € 93,00
3rd € 80,00 € 66,00
4th € 60,00 € 50,00
5th € 42,00 € 36,00
6th € 20,00 € 17,00

Dutch National Opera & Ballet works with a system of dynamic pricing: during the booking period the ticket prices may increase, depending on demand. All prices are exclusive of booking fees.

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Emmanuelle Haïm

‘Each new reading of the score offers fresh insights’

Conductor Emmanuelle Haïm on the new production of Giulio Cesare

Photo: Emmanuelle Haïm | © Marianne Rosenstiehl

‘This production of Giulio Cesare features a cast of incredible Baroque interpreters, acclaimed for their vocal and acting abilities alike’


Le Concert d'Astrée

Le Concert d’Astrée

Le Concert d'Astrée is an instrumental and vocal ensemble dedicated to performing Baroque music under the direction of Emmanuelle Haïm. lt was founded in 2000 and is currently one of the world's finest ensembles specialising in this reper­ to ire. lt has been in residence at the Opéra de Lille since 2004 and has won national and international acclaim for its performances. Le Concert d'Astrée also tours internationally, regularly performing at world-class venues in programmes dedicated to 17th and18th century music. Working with renowned directors such as Christof Loy, Barrie Kosky and Guy Cassiers, Le Concert d'Astrée has performed in numerous staged opera productions at the Opéra de Lille. In the 2022/23 season, Le Concert d'Astrée will provide the musical accompaniment to Calixto Bieito's staging of Giulio Cesare.

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Emmanuelle Haïm

‘Each new reading of the score offers fresh insights’

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