Cleopatra e Cesare – DNOA

Graun - Cleopatra e Cesare Dutch Première
A production of the opera composed for the opening of Berlin's court opera house in 1742 led by the General Director of English Touring Opera, James Conway and the British conductor Jonathan Peter Kenny.

A collaboration with the Early Music Departments of the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and the Royal Conservatoire The Hague.

Frederick the Great of Prussia dreamt of creating a court that was the cultural centre of Europe while he grew up at the arid, militaristic court of his father. With Carl Heinrich Graun’s magnificent Cleopatra e Cesare, composed for the opening of his new court opera house in 1742, he realised his dream.

Graun’s clashing characters are all flawed, and all full-blooded. Surprisingly, Frederick seems to be seen in the youthful, proud Tolomeo of Egypt, rather than in his mighty Roman foe who came, saw, and almost conquered. On the other hand are two richly characterized women: the Roman Cornelia, maddened by grief, and the sensual Cleopatra, who is surprised by love.

In this opera, each scene is a play with very high stakes, and each aria reveals new splendours. Rarely performed, richly endowed – it is one that every opera lover will want to experience.

Details

Date

Wed 1 December 2021 19.30

Location

Kees van Baarenzaal, Koninklijk Conservatorium. Juliana van Stolberglaan 1, Den Haag

Date

Fri 3 December 2021 19.30

Location

Kees van Baarenzaal, Koninklijk Conservatorium. Juliana van Stolberglaan 1, Den Haag

Date

Sun 5 December 2021 14.00

Location

Kees van Baarenzaal, Koninklijk Conservatorium. Juliana van Stolberglaan 1, Den Haag