ICMuS Lecturer, Head of Performance, and internationally renowned countertenor Larry Zazzo was given another opportunity to explore an opera he has performed in opera houses throughout the world: Handel's 1725 Giulio Cesare, in a witty and highly-choreographed  production by Daniel Herzog. 

'From the outset, [Zazzo] gives us a dazzling "Presti omai", unpredictably eventful and rich in dynamic contrast. The same febrile inventiveness electrifyingly animates the Da Capo of "Va tacito e nascosto" and the vocalizations of "Al lampo dell'armi", taken at an extremely fast tempo with a conquering rage. Zazzo takes to heart the role of hammy Latin lover  ("Se in fiorito", "Bello / Bella"), but he also gives us "Aure, deh, per pietà" in a version at the same time more carnal and more poetic than we have ever heard, a visceral interpretation with a simultaneously overwhelming delicacy. Such a lesson of bel canto is priceless and deserves nothing less than the almost perfect setting of the Staatskapelle, under the refined and refined impulse of Alessandro De Marchi.’  Forum Opera

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