Liveblogging: Handel’s “Giulio Cesare” from Toulon (2015) on Saturday

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[Just in case you ever wondered what it looks like when the White Shirt crowd meets up for some snark’n’swoon liveblogging over drinks. – Sonia Prina (Cesare, centerstage) throwing a party in Handel’s “Giulio Cesare”, Toulon 2015]

The Eye Bags Summer Festival of liveblogging continues with another White Shirt event, the campy 2015 Handel “Cesare” from Toulon featuring Sonia Prina in the lead. The date is this upcoming Saturday, Aug. 27th, at 9 p.m. (UTC+2).

And, after last week’s swooning over the swagger – both vocal and otherwise – of Teresa Iervolino, everything else you need to know about this show for now is that is has Iervolino as Cornelia. Move over, Achilla, you’ve got competition!
Also, that makes two contraltos at the same time on the same stage. Don’t you just love Baroque opera?

If anyone among you wants to watch and/or comment along: the show is on YT in an 8-part playlist – somewhat grainy, maybe, but available!

From the previews, I’m not sure about the whole set-up – it looks like some campy, self-ironic fun on Xena levels (and Xena knew how to be very serious and hearfelt inside of that seemingly easly framework) -, but I am looking forward to examining it myself.

3 thoughts on “Liveblogging: Handel’s “Giulio Cesare” from Toulon (2015) on Saturday”

  1. I’m so interested in your views on this Cesare who treats his staff so badly and still seems to be loved by them, and it should be repulsive, but there’s all this fun campy styling and Sonia Prina…

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    1. perhaps it’s simply a Caligula version, or everyone around him is Stockholmsyndroming it? Either way, I’m in for Prina and Iervolino no matter what (it cannot be worse than that “Giovanni” we will not watch due to blatant sexism)

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