Broadcasts from The Metropolitan Opera continue on Classical 90.5 at 10:00 a.m. this Saturday, April 27th, with a performance of Giulio Cesare by George Frideric Handel. The Italian libretto is by Nicola Francesco Haym, who based his work on an earlier libretto by Giacomo Francesco Bussani, which had been set to music by Antonio Sartorio in 1676. The performance will run approximately four hours and thirty minutes.

Handel's most popular opera comes to life in The Met's adventurous production directed by David McVicar. The production incorporates elements of Baroque theater, flapper style, and Bollywood-inspired dance routines. The world's leading countertenor, David Daniels, sings the title role and Natalie Dessay is the irresistible Cleopatra. Harry Bicket conducts.

THE CAST
Cleopatra: Natalie Dessay
Sextus (Sexo): Alice Coote
Cornelia: Patricia Bardon
Julius Caesar (Giulio Cesare): David Daniels
Ptolemy (Tolomeo): Christophe Dumaux
Achillas (Achilla): Guido Loconsolo