George Frideric Handel: Giulio Cesare in Egitto [Julius Caesar in Egypt]

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The best-known of all Handel’s operas, Giulio Cesare in Egitto (1724) has been performed more times, in more countries, than any other. A great success in its own time, it was one of the most important works in the twentieth-century revival of interest in Handel’s operas. Oskar Hagan’s version for Göttingen in 1922 was given 220 performances in 38 cities within five years (Dean and Knapp, 507). It has retained its status in the twenty-first century, though all the surviving operas are now known, performed and recorded. Currently there are more than twenty versions of Giulio Cesare available on CD and DVD. The libretto for the opera was put together by Nicola Haym, one of Handel’s best …

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Alsop, Derek . "Giulio Cesare in Egitto". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 29 June 2012
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