Julius Caesar, Opera by Giorgio Battistelli
Julius Caesar’s life and times marked a pivotal point for the development of the Roman Empire. A capable yet polarizing leader who mixed way too much personal relationships into the dirty business of politics, he is a historical figure that continues to fascinate us many centuries after his tragic demise. This season, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma welcomes ones of Rome’s most famous characters on its storied stage: Julius Caesar by Giorgio Battistelli offers a modern opera retelling of the powerful emperor’s impressive biography, one that lovers of history and classical music would not want to miss.
Giorgio Battistelli developed the score for Julius Caesar under commission by Teatro Costanzi and created this special opera specifically with this theatre in mind. Add to this fact the natural connection between Caesar and Rome, and you can imagine how much more special this performance becomes. The libretto is courtesy of Ian Burton who took his cue directly from William Shakespeare’s revered tragedy. With original staging by Robert Carsen, Battistelli’s Julius Caesar has all the bearings of a modern classic that pays homage to a giant of history with a nod of a literary colossus. The only other prominent opera dedicated to the life of the Roman emperor came from under George Frideric Handel’s pen and focused on his Egyptian escapades. Battistelli, on the other hand, brings Caesar back home in Rome and provides a detailed view of his political, military, and personal battles.
The creative team behind Julius Caesar are no strangers to making modern opera history: Battistelli, Burton and Carsen have previously collaborated on operatic adaptations of Richard III and CO2, both of which enjoyed critical and commercial acclaim. Julius Caesar promises to be yet another jewel in the trio’s crown and a true Roman celebration of one of the Eternal City’s finest sons.