13-28 Jan 2024
Dutch National Opera & Ballet, Main Stage
3:55, incl. 1 interval
From € 22
In the clutches of a power-hungry empress
Nero’s mother Agrippina will do everything she can to overthrow the Roman emperor Claudius and put her son in power. This Baroque opera about huge ambitions, political intrigue and the crooked path to power is one of Handel’s strongest early works.
Photo: Marta Syrko
Opera in three acts
Sung in Italian
Libretto Vincenzo Grimani
* Dutch National Opera Studio
Orchestra Accademia Bizantina
Coproduction with Bayerische Staatsoper (Munich), Royal Opera House (London) and Hamburgische Staatsoper
SENSUALITY, POWER AND BAROQUE
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Agent provocateur, enfant terrible, public menace - call him what you will, Barrie Kosky is without doubt one of the most exciting and inventive opera directors on the scene today, and his new production of Handel's Agrippina will clearly be a big winner with audiences.
Barrie Kosky’s staging, a co-production with the Bavarian State Opera where it opened earlier this year, marks its first appearance at Covent Garden. It’s clever, sharply observed and witty, if occasionally harder edged in tone than Handel intended. (Royal Opera House, London - 2019)
No 24-year-old wrote an opera with more ear-tickling musical riches than Handel poured into Agrippina. And yes, I've heard of Mozart.
Accademia Bizantina Orchestra
The Italian ensemble Accademia Bizantina was founded in 1983 to play music ‘like a large string quartet’. Since 1996, the ensemble has developed into a force to be reckoned with in baroque music, and in 2021 it was nominated Orchestra of the Year by the British magazine Gramaphone. The ensemble is equally at home in the opera house and the concert hall. It recently released its first production under its own label, Rinaldo by George Frideric Handel. The orchestra is known for the chamber music ambience of its performances. This season, Accademia Bizantina will perform for the first time with Dutch National Opera in Agrippina.
An introduction will take place 45 minutes before the start of this performance, during which an expert will give background information and offer interesting perspectives on the performance, allowing you to get even more out of your theatre visit. The introductions are given in Dutch. They can be visited for free and without reservation, by showing your ticket for the performance.
Introduction Agrippina by: Jan van den Bossche
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