Giulio Cesare

Music by

G. F. Handel


Giulio Cesare  Emily D'Angelo
Cleopatra  Lisette Oropesa
Tolomeo  Iestyn Davies
Cornelia  Wiebke Lehmkuhl
Sesto  Marianne Crebassa
Achilla  Luca Pisaroni
Curio  Adrien Mathonat
Nireno  Rémy Brès


Harry Bicket


Laurent Pelly

Set Designer

Chantal Thomas


Joël Adam


Agathe Mélinand


Ching-Lien Wu


A love story between two illustrious figures of antiquity - Caesar and Cleopatra - and power struggles in Egypt: these ingredients alone could explain the immediate success of Julius Caesar at its premiere in 1724 at the Haymarket Theatre in London. But if it became Handel's most popular opera, it is above all thanks to its sumptuous orchestration and its prodigious musical invention. Each character is painted with great psychological finesse, especially Cleopatra, one of the most beautiful portraits of women in the history of music. The director Laurent Pelly places the action in the storerooms of a museum, in the department of Egyptian antiquities, creating delicious shifts between characters in togas and busy handlers. A playful way to break the codes of opera seria, which was precisely Handel's objective.

Lisette is interviewed by Forum Opera about her upcoming roles

Forum Opera - Interview

Lisette is interviewed by Forum Opera about her upcoming roles


Performance History

Lisette has given 3 performances as Cleopatra.