|Giulio Cesare Synopsis|
|Giulio Cesare Libretto|
|Cleopatra / Tolomeo / Achilla|
|Previous scene:||Ferma Cleopatra; osserva|
|Next scene:||Mà che! vile e negletta|
Karl Richter's post-romantic take on Baroque opera - that is, without the use of countertenors and travesto sopranos, replacing with basses and tenors.
Giulio Cesare has beautiful arias and superb orchestration. The Münchener Bach-Orchester's continuo playing is masterful, but I won't be uploading the recitatives.
The scene cuts to Cleopatra (Tatiana Troyanos), queen of Egypt and Tolomeo's brother, hearing from Nireno, her confident, the news about Pompeo's murder. She knows her brother plans to kill Cesare and reign alone.
She, however, has other plans than murder: seduce Cesare. And, if she doesn't have the kingdom, well, at least she'll have luck in love.
"Non disperar, chi sa?
Se al regno non l'avrai,
Avrai sorte in amor.
Mirando una beltà
In essa troverai
A consolar un cor."
Non disperar, chi sa? se al regno non l'avrai, avrai sorte in amor. Mirando una beltà
in essa troverai
a consolar un cor. (parte con Nireno)
Do not despair, who knows? if you do not have it in the kingdom, you will have arisen in love. Aiming for a beauty
in it you will find it
to console a cor. (part with Nireno)