Agrippina by Händel is a highly sophisticated and urbane, agile, thrilling, action-packed opera. A brilliant comedy about the ridiculous futility of power, how to achieve it and how to hold on to it and lose it. Sex is a means used by women to control men, to trap them in their web and thereby access the power that is denied them. The production stays true to the original spirit of Grimani's libretto – a farce about decadence – but sets it in an abstract and symbolic space, dominated by the staircase crowned by the imperial throne. A powerful set design that illustrates the central idea of this montage, as can be seen with the significant appearance of the image of the wolf which symbolises the eternal power of Rome.
Opera seria in three acts. Libretto by Vincenzo Grimani. Music by George Frideric Handel. Premiered on 26 December 1709 at the Teatro San Giovanni Grisostomo in Venice. First performance at the Gran Teatre del Liceu.
8,50 €, 21 €, 30 €, 44 €, 63 €, 83 €, 105 €, 141,75 €
Act I 1h 50 min.
Pause 30 min.
Act II 1h 40 min.
Total 4 hours
Forty-five minutes before each performance, an information session about the opera, open to all members of the audience, will be held in the Foyer.