Giulio Cesare Comes to the Clark in HD

For Immediate Release

April 18, 2013

Williamstown, Massachusetts—The popular Met: Live in HD series continues at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute on Saturday, April 27 at 12 pm with a dynamic staging of Giulio Cesare, David McVicar’s second new production of the season. Tickets are $25 ($22 members; $18 students) and may be ordered online at or by calling 413 458 0524.

The opera incorporates elements of Baroque theater and nineteenth-century British imperialism to illuminate themes of love, war, and empire building. David Daniels stars as the title character, opposite Natalie Dessay in her Met role debut as the bewitching Cleopatra, Alice Coote as Sesto, Patricia Bardon as Cornelia, Christophe Dumaux as Tolomeo, and Guido Loconsolo in his Met debut as Achilla.

Giulio Cesare is a kaleidoscope of an opera—a semi-comic, semi-tragic adventure story,” McVicar says. “You get romance, you get drama, you get moments of political wheeling-and-dealing, complex family relationships—as well as real emotion and tragedy.”

The New York Times praised conductor Harry Bicket for “a lithe, lyrical and stylish performance of this great score from the Met orchestra.”

Approximate running time is 245 minutes.

About the Clark

Set amidst 140 acres in the Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums that also serves as a leading international center for research and scholarship. The Clark presents public and education programs and organizes groundbreaking exhibitions that advance new scholarship. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and conferences. Together with Williams College, the Clark sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history. The Clark receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The galleries are open daily in July and August (open Tuesday through Sunday from September through June), 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $15 June 1 through October 31; free November through May; and free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit or call 413 458 2303.

The Clark’s library will be closed for renovation June 1 through September 3, 2013.


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