La morte di Cesare
La morte di Cesare was one of six texts that Sertor wrote for Bianchi, influencing a popular series of Venetian 'morte' operas in the 1790s. While the murder itself was not shown on the stage, the audience were left with the body of Caesar conspicuously in view during the closing scenes.
As with other Bianchi operas, there were innovations: the chorus participated actively in the drama, there was a ballet and a pantomime, a duet for two men, and a final oath scene (giuramento), besides the basically unconventional tragic ending.
|Role||Voice type||Premiere Cast, 27 December 1788|
|Giulio Cesare (Julius Caesar)||soprano castrato||Gaspare Pacchierotti|
|Calfurnia (Calpurnia)||soprano||Anna Casentini|
|Antonio (Mark Antony)||bass||Niccolò Perotti|
|Cassio (Cassius)||tenor||Filippo Martinelli|
|Bruto (Brutus)||tenor||Matteo Babini|
|Porzia (Porcia)||soprano||Antonia Viscardini|
|Albino||soprano castrato||Michele Cavanna|
The subject of the opera is the conspiracy, led by Cassio, Bruto and Porzia, to murder Giulio Cesare (Julius Caesar) in Rome in 44 BC. Giulio Cesare's loving relationship with Calfurnia forms a subplot.
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- McClymonds, Marita P (1992), 'Sertor, Gaetano' in The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, ed. Stanley Sadie (London) ISBN 0-333-73432-7