Julius Caesar in Egypt

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"Ovations, cheers, applause, encores, and that for three quarters of an hour", "Endless applause", "Vienna in Bartoli fever" or "Victory run for La Bartoli": just a few of the many headlines about the summer Rossini Mania, the 2022 of the Vienna State Opera caused a sensation with bel canto at the highest level. Bartoli's second great love, however, is baroque opera, and it is precisely with this that she will return at the beginning of July 2024 for a second guest performance at the Haus am Ring. She is again supported by the Musiciens du Prince – Monaco, the orchestra she founded and plays historical instruments at the opera in Monte Carlo, where she is artistic director.

Bartoli: »The fireworks that we unleashed with Rossini Mania will be hard to top. But with support from Hollywood and a baroque opera frenzy that swept Europe in the 18th century – with the music capital Naples at the forefront – we are trying to (ba)rock the State Opera again in 2024.«

Hollywood support? This refers to John Malkovich, with whom Bartoli will create the evening Their Master's Voice as part of the guest performance. Malkovich, a fascinating performer of complex figures, is also an extremely well-known name in opera circles: he excited people with projects about Casanova and Da Ponte, in which live music, poetry, drama and stage performance merged into a unique performance tailored to the participants and director Michael Sturminger attracted worldwide attention. Their Master's Voice, a new project by the duo about baroque singing stars, is currently being created in collaboration with Cecila Bartoli and the Opéra de Monte-Carlo.

Another premiere is dedicated to George Frideric Handel's Giulio Cesare in Egitto: In the production by Davide Livermore and under Gianluca Capuano's musical direction, a sparkling ensemble presents the opera that was celebrated at its premiere in 1724 at London's King's Theater. This opera has not been heard in the Haus am Ring for almost 65 years - a unique opportunity to experience this baroque jewel in an extraordinary production at the Staatsoper as well. But Bartoli wouldn't be Bartoli if she hadn't planned more: a symposium conceived by Sounds and Science and dedicated to the topic of opera and gender will be held around the guest performance. »Many opera fans probably don't want to hear the term gender anymore. But in baroque opera gendering – part sensual, part cruel – was quite normal: sopranos sang male roles, young castrati the role of the lover, and the audience succumbed to the bewildering game. Maybe the Viennese audience is just as interested in this gender-erotic journey to Farinelli & Co as we are...«

The baroque guest performance ends on July 11th with a big gala, the cast of which could not be more exquisite: in addition to Bartoli, there are, among others, Varduhi Abrahamyan, Julie Fuchs, Anne Hallenberg, Sara Mingardo, Regula Mühlemann, Anne Sofie von Otter, Nuria Rial, Max Emanuel Cenčić, Christophe Dumaux, Peter Kálmán, Kangmin Justin Kim, Maxim Mironov, Rolando Villazón and Carlo Vistoli on stage.

Program and cast

GIULIO CESARE IN EGITTO
GEORG FRIEDRICH HANDEL

DRAMMA PER MUSICA in three acts
Text GIACOMO FRANCESCO BUSSANI

Dates 6 & 9 JULY 2024

Musical direction GIANLUCA CAPUANO
Directed by DAVIDE LIVERMORE
Stage GIÒ FORMA
Costumes MARIANNA FRACASSO
Light ANTONIO CASTRO
Video DWOK

Giulio Cesare CARLO VISTOLI
Cleopatra CECILIA BARTOLI
Tolomeo MAX EMANUEL CENČIĆ
Cornelia SARA MINGARDO
Sesto KANGMIN JUSTIN KIM
Achilla PETER KÁLMÁN

LES MUSICIENS DU PRINCE – MONACO
CHŒUR DE L'OPÉRA DE MONTE CARLO


 

 

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Subway lines: U1, U2, U4
Trams: 1, 2, D, J, 62, 65
Buses: 59A
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Stops: Karlsplatz / Opera

Taxi stands are available nearby.
 

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Parking is only € 6, - for eight hours!

The Wiener Staatsoper and the ÖPARK Kärntner Ring Garage on Mahlerstraße 8, under the “Ringstraßengalerien”, offer the patrons of the Vienna State Opera a new, reduced parking fee. You can park in the Kärntner Ring Garage for up to 8 hours and pay only a flat fee of € 6, -. Just validate your ticket at one of the discount machines inside the Wiener Staatsoper. The normal rate will be charged for parking time greater than 8 hours. The validation machines can be found at the following coat checks: Operngasse, Herbert von Karajan-Platz, and the right and left and balcony galleries.

Important: In order to get the discount, please draw a ticket and do not use your credit card when entering the garage!

After devaluing your ticket in the Wiener Staatsoper you can pay comfortably by credit card or cash at the vending machines.

The machines accept coins and bills up to 50.- Euro. Parking time longer than 8 hours will be charged at the normal rate.
 

History



The structure of the opera house was planned by the Viennese architect August Sicard von Sicardsburg, while the inside was designed by interior decorator Eduard van der Nüll. It was also impacted by other major artists such as Moritz von Schwind, who painted the frescoes in the foyer, and the famous "Zauberflöten" (“Magic Flute”) series of frescoes on the veranda. Neither of the architects survived to see the opening of ‘their’ opera house: the sensitive van der Nüll committed suicide, and his friend Sicardsburg died of a stroke soon afterwards.

 

On May 25, 1869, the opera house solemnly opened with Mozart's Don Giovanni in the presence of Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth.
The popularity of the building grew under the artistic influence of the first directors: Franz von Dingelstedt, Johann Herbeck, Franz Jauner, and Wilhelm Jahn. The Vienna opera experienced its first high point under the direction of Gustav Mahler. He completely transformed the outdated performance system, increased the precision and timing of the performances, and also utilized the experience of other noteworthy artists, such as Alfred Roller, for the formation of new stage aesthetics.

 

The years 1938 to 1945 were a dark chapter in the history of the opera house. Under the Nazis, many members of the house were driven out, pursued, and killed, and many works were not allowed to be played.

 

On March 12, 1945, the opera house was devastated during a bombing, but on May 1, 1945, the “State Opera in the Volksoper” opened with a performance of Mozart's THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO. On October 6, 1945, the hastily restored “Theaters an der Wien” reopened with Beethoven's FIDELIO. For the next ten years the Vienna State Opera operated in two venues while the true headquarters was being rebuilt at a great expense.

 

The Secretary of State for Public Works, Julius Raab, announced on May 24, 1945, that reconstruction of the Vienna State Opera would begin immediately. Only the main facade, the grand staircase, and the Schwind Foyer had been spared from the bombs. On November 5, 1955, the Vienna State Opera reopened with a new auditorium and modernized technology. Under the direction of Karl Böhm, Beethoven’s FIDELIO was brilliantly performed, and the opening ceremonies were broadcast by Austrian television. The whole world understood that life was beginning again for this country that had just regained its independence.

 

Today, the Vienna State Opera is considered one of the most important opera houses in the world; in particular, it is the house with the largest repertoire. It has been under the direction of Dominique Meyer since September 1, 2010.

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