Brian Robins [Goldberg No. 35]
Giulio Cesare in Egitto was the fifth of the full-length operas composed by Handel for London’s Royal Academy of Music, the opera company founded in 1719 by a group of noblemen with the objective of staging Italian opera seria.
From the outset the grandeur and scale of Giulio Cesare, first given at the King’s Theatre, Haymarket on 20 February 1724, ensured a popular success reflected not only by London revivals in January 1725, January 1730 and February 1732, but by the opera rapidly being taken up in Germany, where it was performed in a number of centres including Brunswick (August 1725) and Hamburg (November 1725).
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