Opera comes to the Lakes

David Chadderton

English Touring Opera will perform a new production of Handel’s Giulio Cesare (Julius Caesar) at Theatre by the Lake in two parts.

The production contains more than four hours of music over two performances, each telling a distinct story, performed over two consecutive nights on 14 and 15 November, sung in Italian with English surtitles and featuring baroque orchestra The Old Street Band.

Giulio Cesare follows the story of Roman general Julius Caesar and his uneasy romance with Cleopatra. Part One: The Death of Pompey shows the aftermath of the execution of Caesar’s rival, Pompey, as Caesar, Cleopatra and her brother Tolomeo all fight to the death for the throne.

Part Two: Cleopatra’s Needle shows Caesar and Cleopatra at their lowest ebb: will they regain the upper hand over Tolomeo? Can their relationship survive the incoming war?