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by George Frideric Handel

6-15 SEPTEMBER 2024

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Belgrade Baroque Academy presents GIULIO CESARE by G.F. Handel

The captivating world of baroque opera comes alive once again! After the great success of our last project Rinaldo, Belgrade Baroque Academy is delighted to announce its ambitious project for September 2024 – the semi-staged presentation of Giulio Cesare by George Frideric Handel, a baroque operatic masterpiece.

The Academy will be held from

 to 15 September 2024.


Perform Baroque Opera in the Heart of Europe

Experience the pulse of Europe in Belgrade, where the next Baroque Academy unfolds. This historic city, brimming with culture and vitality, invites you to its next vibrant chapter of musical excellence and international collaboration in the heart of Europe. For more information, you may visit


About the Opera:

Giulio Cesare in Egitto is not just a masterpiece that cemented Handel’s reputation as a genius of baroque opera, but also a work that captivated audiences on the London stages of its time. Now, you have the opportunity to become part of that magic – for the first time on period instruments in Serbia, in the year that marks 300th anniversary since its premiere in 1724.


How to apply:

We are seeking singers for all roles: Giulio Cesare, Cleopatra, Cornelia, Sesto, Tolomeo, and Achilla.

Preparations will take place over 10 days during the second week of September, offering participants a unique opportunity to work with top baroque artists and educators. We will also be joined by the members of the award-winning period instrument ensemble New Trinity Baroque, who will share their expertise and play with other Baroque Academy instrumentalists in the Baroque Orchestra of the Academy. Furthermore, during the same week will be organised the Belgrade Early Music Festival with a number of amazing concerts. Additional opportunities for singers and instrumentalists may exist during the festival week, so that they may take part in other concerts.

This intensive masterclass is intended for advanced singers and baroque instrumentalists (pitch will be, as expected, at A=415 Hz). For those instrumentalists who don't have their own baroque instruments, one can be provided through the generous support of the Makris Music Society.

The primary language during the Academy will be ENGLISH, but our mentors also speak many others.

Participation Details:

  • Fee: £ 1,000 GBP for singers, and £ 500 GBP for instrumentalists. A limited number of vocal participants in the masterclass with Sonia Prina will also be considered at £ 500 GBP.

  • Deadline: Until full, but priority will be given to those who apply by the 30th June 2024
  • Scholarships: Limited number are available to select applicants for whom the fee is a challenge
  • Accommodation is not included, but we can offer assistance with finding suitable options (e.g. AirBnB, hotel recommendations).

Who should apply?

We are seeking young, passionate singers and instrumentalists ready to delve into the richness of baroque musical interpretation. With the support of distinguished experts, including music director, singer, harpsichordist and conductor Predrag Gosta, vocal instructor, coach and international baroque opera star Sonia Prina, baroque violinist, coach and orchestra leader Adrian Butterfield, as well as harpsichordist Bojana Dimkovic, soprano Radoslava Vorgic, viola da gamba expert Srdjan Stanic, international lutenist Darko Karajic, flute and recorder player Meila Tomé, and many others, this is your chance to express yourself on stage and enhance your skills. You will receive expert coaching in style and ornamentation, IItalian language, stage movement and vocal/instrumental technique. Singers are expected to learn their roles in advance so that we can immediately start with the coaching.

Focused on the music, two semi-staged concert performances (with two casts) on the 14th and 15th will be professionally recorded on video - a record that will be given to you afterwards, so that you can use it for your purposes. Click here to see videos from previous Academies on our YouTube channel.

View the photos from our past Academies

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