- One ticket to Opera Roanoke’s Julius Caesar
- When: Friday, March 21, at 8 p.m. or Sunday, March 23, at 2:30 p.m.
- Where: Shaftman Performance Hall – Jefferson Center
- Door time: one hour before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
- Purchasers may attend the pre-curtain “Opera Insights” talk, held one hour prior to showtime
Seating Options * $26 for rear orchestra section (up to $44 value) * $29 for side orchestra section (up to $50 value) * $39 for center orchestra section (up to $66 value)
Betrayal. Revenge. Lust. Mistaken identity. Long before these were staples of daytime soaps or melodramatic company retreats, they were the themes woven throughout Handel’s Giulio Cesare. The opera follows the titular character as he stands against the conniving Ptolemy, the defeated ruler of Egypt, who wishes to destroy the Roman conquerer. Ptolemy’s sister and fellow ruler, Cleopatra, becomes wise to her brother’s dubious ways and, disguised, seeks out Caesar to warn him. Against all odds, the would-be enemies fall in love—but Caesar and Cleopatra’s blossoming feelings are threatened by Ptolemy’s wrath and plots of revenge hatched by the enraged Romans. The drama unfolds to Handel’s grand music, noted for its strong vocal writing and bold flourishes.
When you’re starting an opera company, it’s a good idea to bring in advisors who know what they’re talking—and singing—about. Opera Roanoke did exactly that when they enlisted Metropolitan Opera stars Eleanor Steber and Irene Dalis as mentors in the company’s first years. With their guidance, the group gained greater artistic acclaim, and soon began staging renowned works including La Boheme, Madame Butterfly, and Beethoven’s Fidelio. Today, the opera continues to produce stirring masterworks featuring acclaimed performers, lavish sets, and remarkably tuneful conversations.