Seattle Opera "Countdown to the 50th!" 2007 Ewa Podles GIULIO CESARE by Seattle Opera published on 2013/01/03 23:21:05 +0000 Help us celebrate great moments in Seattle Opera history as we approach our golden anniversary. This week, we remember 2007, when Gary Thor Wedow made his Seattle Opera debut conducting the earliest opera yet performed by the company, Handel's GIULIO CESARE. Ewa Podles, who also sang Adalgisa in NORMA and Erda in the RING for Seattle Opera, starred as the Roman general. In the aria "Se in fiorito" Cesare, falling in love with the seductive, hard-to-find Cleopatra, muses that "The bird which is hidden from sight sings the sweetest song of all." At the cadenza, the singer and the solo violin mimic each other, tossing bird calls back and forth. For each performance, Podles and violin soloist Simon James had a blast improvising new calls and trying to trip each other up. The orchestra of Seattle Opera was conducted by Gary Thor Wedow. Photo by Chris Bennion.