Originally conceived as a puppet opera, Young Caesar explores the early life of Julius Caesar and his historical meeting, and subsequent love affair, with King Nicomedes of Bithynia. East meets West in this unique project inspired in large part by the composer's years studying Chinese opera. On what would have been the composer's 90th birthday, Young Caesar was performed for the first time in its final version on February 16 and 17, 2007. This is the definitive production of a work Harrison revised for over 20 years, and whose many final revisions were edited before his death in close collaboration with conductor Nicole Paiement.
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Narrator (low bar)
Julia (low a)
The `Young Caesar' that nobody knows - Los Angeles Times 2/19/2007