I sympathize with almost everything (for and against) which has been written about this production. I have to say that personally I enjoyed it, though I can see why many would not. On the strength of this dvd, I bought a cd of Danielle de Niese singing Handel and found it very disappointing - I think because she is such a visual artist. Her antics in this Giulio Cesare certainly make some scenes go with a swing, and I find it difficult to believe that Mr Haendel, Gent, would deep in his heart have found much to disapprove of. Some of the singing is truly excellent, especially that of Patricia Bardon as Cornelia (who sounds, to my ears, like a real old-fashioned contralto, though I know she prefers to be styled a 'Mezzo')and Christophe Dumaux as Ptolemy. There is much in the way of acrobatics from the men (including a backward somersault from Christopher Maltman) - stuff you either like or dislike. William Christie conducts the whole thing with enormous gusto and idiom (we expect no less from him). So, apart from a few bits of real OTT, I loved it - though I did feel sometimes as if I was watching "The Gondoliers"! Much of the backdrop is anachronistic, featuring Zeppelin airships, HMS Hood type battleships, WWII cruisers, then the "Titanic" or something which looks very much like her. At the end there is a lot of mouth to mouth kissing by everybody of everybody, but this degree of self-congratulation was what I think the audience was encouraging with their considerable and (for Glyndebourne) slightly indecorous ovation.