“Mocking, Machiavellian, manipulative” – powerful performances in ROH’s Agrippina

First seen at the Bayerische Staatsoper earlier this year, Barrie Kosky’s staging of Handel’s Agrippina premiered at London’s Royal Opera House this week, with powerful performances from five AH artists. Joyce DiDonato triumphs in her first fully-staged portrayal of the power-hungry empress, bringing “tragic intensity” and “zinging coloratura” to the title role, while Lucy Crowe and Iestyn Davies bring “oases …

Agrippina, Haendel (Pallante)

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In this breathtaking political thriller, Handel’s second composition based on a Nero story and only his third opera, everything appears at first to be fine on the stage of power: The Roman Emperor Claudius is said to have drowned while returning from his successful campaign against the Britons. His wife Agrippina therefore seizes the moment for Nero, her son from …

Agrippina, Haendel (Pallante)

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In this breathtaking political thriller, Handel’s second composition based on a Nero story and only his third opera, everything appears at first to be fine on the stage of power: The Roman Emperor Claudius is said to have drowned while returning from his successful campaign against the Britons. His wife Agrippina therefore seizes the moment for Nero, her son from …

Agrippina, Haendel (Pallante)

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Agrippina is a woman on a mission: the stakes are love, death, and supreme power. Samantha Hankey stars in Handel’s first operatic masterpiece. Handel’s youthful tragi-comedy caused a sensation in Carnival season in Venice in 1709: it’s only fitting that this concert performance features vocal superstars. And Maxim Emelyanychev and Il Pomo d’Oro won’t hold back, either. Performers: Il Pomo …

Agrippina, Haendel (Pallante)

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Agrippina is a woman on a mission: the stakes are love, death, and supreme power. Joyce DiDonato stars in Handel’s first operatic masterpiece. Handel’s youthful tragi-comedy caused a sensation in Carnival season in Venice in 1709: it’s only fitting that this concert performance features vocal superstars like Joyce DiDonato and Franco Fagioli. And Maxim Emelyanychev and Il Pomo d’Oro won’t …

Agrippina, Haendel (Pallante)

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Agrippina is a woman on a mission: the stakes are love, death, and supreme power. Joyce DiDonato stars in Handel’s first operatic masterpiece. Handel’s youthful tragi-comedy caused a sensation in Carnival season in Venice in 1709: it’s only fitting that this concert performance features vocal superstars like Joyce DiDonato and Franco Fagioli. And Maxim Emelyanychev and Il Pomo d’Oro won’t …