Behold, as the greatest Roman general who has ever lived falls madly in love with the most beautiful and powerful Queen in the history of ancient Egypt.
A war between the great nations of Rome and Egypt is eclipsed by the passion of Caesar and Cleopatra in this brand new production of Handel’s most beloved opera.
Soprano Ava Pine (Pamina in The Magic Flute 2009, Blanca in Río de Sangre 2010) returns to the Florentine Opera stage as the seductive Cleopatra opposite mezzo-soprano Deanne Meek, making her Florentine debut as Julius Caesar. Mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala (Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro 2013) sings Sextus, and counter-tenor Ian Howell (Cupid/Spirit in Venus & Adonis/Dido & Aeneas 2011) returns with newcomer Derrick Ballard in this production directed by the Metropolitan Opera’s Eric Einhorn (Turandot 2011). Maestro William Boggs (two-time Grammy-winning Elmer Gantry 2010) conducts the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in this new Florentine Opera production featuring sets and lighting by Noele Stollmack with new costume design by Christianne Myers (The Magic Flute 2009, Rigoletto 2010, Venus/Dido 2011).