|Giulio Cesare||David Daniels|
|Tolomeo||Anthony Roth Costanzo|
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.
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
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
American soprano Lisette Oropesa (November 10, 14, 17) is stunning in her company debut as Cleopatra— Patty Nolan • Examiner.com
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