Bärenreiter Announces a New Critical Edition of Handel's Giulio Cesare
Mar. 01, 2021
Giulio Cesare has remained one of Georg Friedrich Handel's most beloved and frequently-performed operas in the operatic repertoire.
We are delighted that Bärenreiter has announced the creation of a new edition of this great work which Chief Editor Hans Dieter Clausen describes in detail here. He notes:
"With the new edition of George Friedrich Handel’s most popular opera Giulio Cesare, opera houses now have the opportunity to recreate all four versions of the work and to choose the most appropriate one."
"The new edition of Giulio Cesare enables each of Handel’s four versions (of 1724, 1725, 1730 and 1732) to be performed, two of which included the optional special programs from benefit performances. The most remarkable of these is the 1725 version, in which Handel reconceived the trouser role of Sesto for the famous tenor Francesco Borosini. This version also allows us to study Handel’s working method in developing his overall concept for the role."
The first performance of the new edition in 2019 in Halle used preliminary performance material. Since then, full scores of the critical edition have been printed and the orchestra parts corrected. The full score and orchestral parts are available on hire and the full score will be available for purchase also. A new vocal score is in preparation and will be available on hire beginning in summer 2021. The vocal score will be offered for purchase at a later date.
To learn more about Georg Friedrich Handel and the new critical edition of Giulio Cesare in Egitto, visit: barenreiter.com.
Georg Friedrich Handel
Giulio Cesare in Egitto
opera in three acts