GIULIO CESARE IN EGITTOGeorg Friedrich Händel
(…) after four hours that fly away in amazement, excitement and admiration, you are sad because the performance has come to the end and you wish to see it again. It was an evening of exploit and triumph of individual and collective skill and theatrical art in its best edition.
The musical performance was led energetically and devotedly by the Finnish, already adopted Rijeka maestro, Ville Matvejeff, who also played the harpsichord. The passionate Finn obtained from the orchestra that which is most important, namely, stylistically appropriate slow and fast movements of stringed instruments, a maximum of concentration and speed of reaction, though it was their first encounter with a baroque opera, as it was for the whole of the Rijeka theatre in its long history. (…) In any case, the concept of the performance, in which all the singers ardently participate with their brilliant singing and acting is original, intriguing, profoundly thought of and thoroughly considered, offering much more than a costume baroque musical fantasy.
Branimir Pofuk, The opera lasts for over four hours, but you are sad when it comes to its end, Večernji list
It was a performance to be watched with eyes wide open, the one that unveils the magic of baroque music, not so frequent in these parts. A performance to which you have to shout a loud “Bravo” because of each of its parts and all of the participants, a performance to be performed on other European stages.
Gloria Fabijanić Jelović, Opera “Giulio Cesare in Egitto”, a remarkable baroque feast for both the eyes and the ears, HRT Radio Rijeka