I went last night to an unforgettable performance with Ruth Ann Swenson as Cleopatra and David Daniels as Caesar. For $15.00 I sat in the family circle with my binocs listening to riveting performances. The New York Times' review describes David Daniels in the title role as extraordinary and adds:-
The entire cast was excellent, notably the soprano Ruth Ann Swenson, a vocally exquisite Cleopatra; and, in a significant Met debut, the rich-toned Irish mezzo-soprano Patricia Bardon, as Cornelia, the grieving widow of Caesar’s Roman archrival, Pompey.
A highlight was Patricia Bardon's duet at the end of act one with the excellent British mezzo-soprano Alice Coote, as Sesto. It was an absolutely perfect rendering of deeply shared sorrow. Remaining dates are: April 17, 21, 24, 27 with ticket availability.