Julius Caesar, statesman, general and lover at the time of the Roman Republic, attracted a considerable amount of attention in the operatic literature of the Baroque. Not only G. F. Handel, but also G. Giacomelli, A. Pollarolo, N. Piccinni and F. Bianchi got to grips with the subject matter and in their works highlighted its many different perspectives. The Italian countertenor Raffaele Pé, who has already been enthusiastically received by audiences in Halle on several occasions, places this historical persona at the centre of the concert.
“Regardless of whether the coloratura plumb the musical depths or demand horrendous leaps, or ever more lines are written legato: the part seems tailor-made for him. The countertenor is carried along by the instrumental ensemble La Lira di Orfeo. Gripping, sensitive, and with crystal-clear solo violins, the musicians provide the basis for gripping interpretations” (www. klassik.com, review by S. Meier-Künzel, 8.1.2019).
The period instrument ensemble La Lira di Orfeo conducted by Luca Giardini will be appearing at the Halle Handel Festival for the first time.