“Giulio Cesare,” Crocodile-style

 Marina De LisoBy Carlo Vitali [MusicalAmerica.com, 10 April 2007]
GENOA ñ The late Herbert Wernickeís controversial yet witty Handel-ian send-up of ìGiulio Cesareî is best described as a kind of neo-Baroque pasticcio, featuring arias from such other of the composerís operas as ìRinaldoî, ìOrlandoî or ìTolomeo,î and re-arranged numbers occasionally re-distributed among the characters. Judging by the reception the revival of this 1998 production received April 1 at Teatro Carlo Felice, the piece has achieved cult status, even in the eyes of the Italian public, which is generally wary of such German-style regie-theater.