Giulio Cesare

Music by

G. F. Handel

Detroit Opera House

Detroit, MI

Saturday November 10, 2012 - 7:30 PM
Wednesday November 14, 2012 - 7:30 PM
Saturday November 17, 2012 - 7:30 PM


Giulio Cesare  David Daniels
Cleopatra  Lisette Oropesa
Sesto  Emily Fons
Cornelia  Allyson McHardy
Tolomeo  Anthony Roth Costanzo


Howard Arman


Michael Shell


Julius Caesar is embroiled in a bitter struggle with Pompey the Great for control of the Roman world. In their most recent battle, at Pharsalus (48 BC), Caesar defeated his rival, who subsequently fled to Egypt, which is under the joint rule of Ptolemy and his sister, Cleopatra. Caesar has pursued Pompey to Alexandria.


Lisette Oropesa sings "V'adoro pupille" from Julius Caesar


'Julius Caesar' moves from ancient Egypt to a Hollywood back lot in inspired update

Oropesa’s soprano simply dazzled in the seductive “V’adoro pupille,” and she convincingly made the key dramatic arc from sexy schemer to a heroine of profound feeling

—  Mark Stryker  •  Detroit Free Press

Roll out the superlatives: 'Caesar' is in town

Her voice is like elastic: She produced thrilling trills and staccato high notes, and her slim, graceful body performed eloquently – especially in her "victory" dance when she learns her rotten brother is dead and Caesar is alive.

—  Michael H. Margolin  •  Encore Michigian

MOT takes Handel’s ‘Julius Caesar’ to Hollywood

American soprano Lisette Oropesa (November 10, 14, 17) is stunning in her company debut as Cleopatra

—  Patty Nolan  •

Handel meets Hollywood in Michigan Opera Theatre's "Julius Caesar"

Oropesa is an elegant and magnetizing leading lady. Her portrayal of Cleopatra is strong and confident — everything you expect the queen to be. The American soprano’s performance is augmented by her lovely voice as she sings Handel’s gorgeous music.

—  Samantha White  •  The Oakland Press

Performance History

Lisette has given 3 performances as Cleopatra.