GIULIO CESARE - Opera lirica
GIULIO CESARE - Opera lirica
Teatro Verdi
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From the genius of Georg Friedrich Händel, a tale of blood and passion set in Alexandria. Julius Caesar, Cleopatra, Ptolemy, Cornelia and Sextus are the protagonists of this historical drama, first performed in London in 1724, with a libretto by Nicholas Francis Haym. Händel took an unusually long time to compose the work, which he began in the summer of 1723 and finished close to the 'premiere' the following February. As was often the case at the time, the musician made considerable changes to his composition after learning the names of the performers: in the first version of Act I, Cornelia was a soprano, Sextus an alto and Ptolemy a tenor. Within days of the 'premiere', the composer continued to revise and rework his opera, moving arias from one act to another or rewriting some of them, so that the copyist had to prepare a second score. The libretto, which is extremely complicated, is fully in line with Premetastasian typology due to the intertwining of love affairs and court intrigues that follow each other in rapid scene changes. The composer deepened the dramatic situations in an extremely rich and varied score, writing what is still considered one of his best works on heroic subjects. Rediscovered in the 20th century, it is one of the best-loved of the serious works composed by Händel. A classic of the European opera tradition, it returns in a new production at the Teatro di Pisa.

Opera in three acts
libretto by Nicola Francesco Haym from Giacomo Francesco Bussani

Publisher Casa musicale Sonzogno,

New edition Barenreiter

Giulio Cesare Marco Bussi
Cleopatra Silvia Dalla Benetta
Ptolemy Sonia Prina
Cornelia Magdalena Urbanowicz
Sextus Pompeius Federico Fiorio
Achilla Rocco Lia
Curio Patrizio La Placa
Nireno Antonello Dorigo

Director Carlo Ipata
Director Enrico Stinchelli
Choreographer Daniela Maccari
Set and costume designer Giacomo Callari

Auser Musici Orchestra


24 February (general rehearsal), 25 February and 27 February

Advance sale of tickets for all performances: from Friday 15 October at the Botteghino del Teatro (from Saturday 16 October also by telephone, online and on the Vivaticket circuit).


Stalls, central box seats I and II order € 30; reduced € 27; Coop members € 25,50; under 30 € 15
Central stage 3rd order and side stage 1st and 2nd order € 25; reduced € 22,50; Coop members € 21; under30 € 12,50, Carta Studente della Toscana € 15
1st gallery seat and side box 3rd order € 19; concessions € 17; Coop members € 16; under30 € 9,50
Seat 2nd gallery € 10
On the first days of pre-sale, or in case of particular influx, one hour before the opening of the Box Office, an automatic numbering system will be activated to regulate access to the counter. The numbers issued are valid for the opening shift only. It is possible to use the teacher's card bonus and 18app to purchase tickets by presenting a voucher for the corresponding amount in paper format at the box office; in the case of telephone purchases, the voucher must be sent in pdf or jpg format to

Subscribers to the 2019/20 Seasons will be able to take advantage of reduced tickets by showing their subscription.

Reductions: They have a 10% reduction (on the full price) Over 65; Military in service; ARCI, ACLI, ENDAS members and categories of law; Amici della Lirica Association members; Associations and Circles in organized relationship with the Theatre of Pisa; Controradio Club; Radio Toscana Classica Card; Toscana Press Association; FAI Fondo Ambiente Italiano; TCI Touring Club Italiano, subscribers and employees CTT NORD (CPT, ATL, CLAP VAIBUS); La Feltrinelli-Carta Più and Carta Multipiù.
Coop promotion: as per agreement, members of COOP-Unicoop Firenze are entitled to the Coop promotion (15% discount on the full price).
Youth promotion ("under30 ticket"): all young people under 30 years of age are entitled to tickets with a 50% discount on the full price (2nd gallery excluded). School groups organised in conjunction with the Theatre's Communication Area benefit from a 50% reduction on the full price (excluding 2nd gallery).
Carta Studente della Toscana: Holders of the Carta Studente della Toscana will be able to purchase tickets at the price of € 15.00 in the 2nd sector.
Please note: When purchasing tickets, you must show your student card proving your entitlement to a reduction or promotion, together with proof of identity. On show evenings, the card can also be requested at the entrance.

INFO COVID 19 AND GREEN PASS                                                                                                                         The audience is kindly requested to carefully read the following Hall Regulations, which have been updated in compliance with the current regulations for the prevention of Covid-19 epidemiological emergency.

Seats are assigned and named. Admission to the theatre starts 1 hour before the beginning of the performance, upon presentation of the COVID-19 green certificate of vaccination or recovery (Super Green Pass except for children under 12 years old) or of a medical certificate of exemption or exclusion from the vaccination campaign, and an identity document, according to the entrances and routes indicated according to the category of ticket purchased. Before entering the theatre, body temperature will be measured using a special thermoscanner and, if it exceeds 37.5°, admission will not be permitted. Similarly, spectators will be turned away if they show symptoms of respiratory infection from Covid-19 (e.g. fever, cough, cold, conjunctivitis) during the performance.

In the theatre, every spectator is obliged to:

Wear a mask throughout their stay in the theatre (as required by Decree-Law no. 221 of 24 December 2021, FFP2 respiratory protective devices must be worn);
Maintain an inter-personal distance of 1 metre.
Avoid crowds in situations where they may occur (toilets, theatre entrance)
Present your COVID-19 green certificate of vaccination or recovery (Super Green Pass) or a suitable medical certificate of exemption or exclusion from the vaccination campaign, and an identity document, and follow the separate routes for entering and leaving the theatre and for any movement within the theatre;
Respect the allocation of one's seat; it is not permitted to occupy different seats, even if free;
Avoid crowds;
Use hand hygiene products, available at the entrances and near the stairs on each floor.

The theatre is equipped with slides, moving platforms and lifts for access. Disabled persons may purchase a ticket at the standard price for the event; in the case of an accompanying person with a total disability, the accompanying person receives a free ticket. Tickets can be purchased exclusively through the box office of the Teatro Verdi in Pisa (box office and telephone).

From Tuesday to Saturday 11am - 1pm; Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday also 4pm - 6pm.
The Box Office is closed on public holidays, unless otherwise indicated. On performance evenings and Sunday afternoons, tickets can also be sold from one hour before the start of the performance (for the scheduled performance only). Cheques are not accepted. Cash cards and Visa, Carta Sì, American Express, Master Card are accepted.

Tuesday to Saturday 9am - 11am; Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday also 2pm - 4pm.
The service allows the choice of seats on the entire plant and with the different types of price and does not provide additional fees. Payment is by credit card. The service is not available on public holidays.

Tickets for the performances can be purchased, at full price only, at the following services of the Vivaticket circuit, the official presale channel of the Teatro di Pisa, and the only authorized one:

ON-LINE via internet, by credit card on the website and from the link on the homepage of the theatre website; display of the plan and seats updated in real time; manual or best-seat selection. With additional fees.
Vivaticket points of sale: about 400 throughout Italy, over 20 in Tuscany. The complete list is available by clicking on With additional commissions.
The box office of the Teatro Verdi in Pisa is also a Vivaticket point of sale: it is therefore possible to buy tickets for a wide range of national events.

The Box Office of the Theatre of Pisa is a point of sale of the BoxOfficeToscana / TicketOne circuit: it is therefore possible to buy tickets for a wide range of major events in other theatres in Tuscany.

Fondazione Teatro di Pisa, Via Palestro 40, 56127 Pisa, tel. 050-941111,