Wednesday

1 April                                               3:00 pm

Theatre, Sheung Wan Civic Centre

Firday

3 April                                11:00 am

Theatre, Sheung Wan Civic Centre

Thursday

2 April                                              3:00 pm

Theatre, Sheung Wan Civic Centre

Friday

3 April                                3:00 pm

Theatre, Sheung Wan Civic Centre

Ticket:                               $ 45 (students, Teachers)

Duration:                         Approx. 1 hour 30 minutes

Language:                      Sung in Italian (with Chinese & English surtitles), along with Cantonese narration

Booking / Enquiries:    2591 1717

 

Overview

Opera is a refined and highly developed art form with an enduring tradition emphasising beautiful music and powerful dramatic expression. This production of Handel’s great opera Julius Caesar is an abridged version specially prepared for the purpose of educating the secondary school students in enhancing their knowledge and appreciation of western opera.

Born in Germany, G. F. Handel has composed roughly 41 operas. Julius Caesar is one of the outstanding operas composed by him after he moved to Great Britain. The opera premiered at London in 1724 with instant success. Handel’s abilities to compose some of the most exquisite melodies and create dramatic effects for his opera are genuinely reflected in his music. Julius Caesar was well received in England and the rest of Europe. Since then, it has become one of the most popular and frequently performed Baroque opera.

George Frideric Handel

G.F. Handel was born in 1685, the same year as Johnann Sabastian Bach and Domenico Scarlatti, Handel is regarded as one of the greatest composers of the Baroque era, with works such as Messiah, Water Music, and Music for the

Royal Fireworks remaining steadfastly popular since the day they were written.

Handel spends most of his career in London and won his way into royal favor with Queen Anna and the Duke of Chandos. He further composed more than 40 opera and more orchestra in England untill his death on April 14, 1759.

 

Programme Content

The proposed scenes to be included in this production are shown below:

1. Julius Caesar arrives in Egypt and defeats his rival Pompeo.

2. Tolomeo murders Pompeo and presents his head to Caesar.

3. Cornelia and Sesto plan to avenge Pompeo’s death.

4. Cleopatra seeks Caesar’s help to fight against Tolomeo.

5. Cleopatra’s beauty wins Caesar’s love.

6. Tolomeo desires Cornelia but is rejected by her.

7. Sesto fails in his attempt to kill Tolomeo.

8. Caesar visits Cleopatra and is seduced by her charm.

9. Ambushed by Tolomeo’s guards, Caesar escapes into the desert.

10. Caesar gathers his forces, determined to save Cornelia and Cleopatra.

11. Sesto kills Tolomeo while victorious Caesar enters Alexandria.

12. Caesar proclaims Cleopatra queen of Egypt. All celebrate the power of Rome.

 

Pre-performance Talk

Date 

Content

Duration

Language

Mar-April 2020

(Actual date and time to be arranged with participating schools)

  • Nature and characteristics of western opera

  • Demonstrations on the art of operatic singing

  • Techniques and creative process of opera production

  • Brief introduction of opera Giulio Cesare

1 Hours

Cantonese or English

Remark

  • For purchase of 150 tickets or more, a pre-performance talk will be conducted in school premises. For fewer than 150 participants from a single school, students and teachers are invited to attend talks held at LCSD venues

  • Participants would receive education materials

Venue

 

Theatre, Sheung Wan Civic Centre

345, Queen's Road Central, Sheung Wan