The Queen of Egypt - March 2008


Robert Levin, fortepiano


Handel: "Piangerò, la sorte mia" from Giulio Cesare
Graun: Overture and Arias from Cleopatra e Cesare
Matheson: The Death of Cleopatra
Quantz: Concerto for Flute

Nicholas McGegan, conductor
Isabel Bayrakdarian, soprano
Janet See, flute


Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, has fascinated artists and audiences for centuries, and 18th-century composers were no exception.  From England to Austria, Cleopatra appeared as a leading character in a number of operas, including Handel’s magnificent Giulio Cesare.  Soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian – who made a stunning debut last season in Jake Heggie’s To Hell and Back – returns to sing arias for Cleopatra by Handel, Graun and Mattheson. 

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