, has been reset as a movie being shot in the 1930s, with costumes to match, in Houston Grand Opera’s second offering of the 2017-18 season. Mezzo soprano Stephanie Blythe is back singing the Cornelia role, which she last performed here in 2002. “The idea is that the opera is taking place on a giant sound stage and we are the actors who are portraying these people,” says Blythe, who as Cornelia comes (unfortunately a bit too late) to plead for her husband, Pompeo’s, life. Meanwhile Caesar (Anthony Roth Costanzo) and Cleopatra (Heidi Stober) are getting to know one another; the intrigue, revenge motifs and love that follow are, of course, epic in nature. This isn’t Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar
, so don’t expect an et-tu-brute moment. Think more of triumphal marches cast as the triumph of good over evil. Handel’s music is high-pitched and memorable and there’s a lot of it in this 3-1/2 hour production with one intermission.
7:30 p.m. Friday. Continuing 7:30 p.m. November 4, 8 and 10; 2 p.m. October 29. October 27 through November 10. Resilience Hall at George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida De Las Americas. Sung in Italian with English projections. For information, call 713-228-6737 or visit houstongrandopera.org
. $18 to $325.
One of the most frequently performed baroque operas, Handel’s