Joyce Didonato returns to the Liceu in an opera by Handel about ambition and power in the Roman Empire

Agrippina was Handel's sixth opera and the last he premiered in Italy. The libretto, by Vincenzo Grimani, is based on Nero's rise to the imperial throne and deals with political power and corruption. The refreshing, light-hearted music includes arias and canzonette which are both agile and in keeping with Venetian style. Many of the numbers are clearly humorous in tone. The American mezzosoprano Joyce DiDonato returns to the Liceu in a style of music that is an integral part of her opera and concert programmes. The cast also includes other prominent Baroque connoisseurs, such as the bass Luca Pisaroni and the Argentinian counter-tenor Franco Fagioli. The ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro is exceptionally well equipped to interpret Agrippina, one of the finest early 18thcentury Baroque operas.


Opera in three acts. Libretto by Vincenzo Grimani. World premiere: 26/12/1709 at the Teatro San Giovanni Grisostomo in Venice. First Barcelona performance: 16/11/2013 at the Gran Teatre del Liceu. Last Liceu performance: 29/11/2013. Number of Liceu performances: 6.

Cast changes

  • Countertenor Carlo Vistoli will sing the role of Narciso replacing Jakub Orlinski.
  • Soprano Elsa Benoit will sing the role of Poppea replacing Kathryn Lewek.
  • Countertenor Xavier Sabata will sing the roles of Ottone & Giunone replacing Marie-Nicole Lemieux, due to personal reasons.


Violins I
Zefira Valova
Stefano Rossi
Edson Scheid
Dimitris Karakantas
Heriberto Delgado

Violins II
Elfa Run
Daniela Nuzzoli
Irma Niskanen
Giulia Panzeri
Alessia Pazzaglia

Giulio D’Alessio
Muriel Razavi
Lola Fernandez

Ludovico Minasi
Cristina Vidoni
Natalia Timofeeva

Double Bass
Nicola Dalmaso

Oboes / flutes
Roberto de Franceschi
Petra Ambrosi

Katrin Lazar

Miguel Rodriguez Rincon

May 2019

18Saturday20:00Turn CFee 6

First part 1h 45m
Interval 30m
Second part 1h 30m

Approximate running time 3h 45m

Information of Interest

Briefing session

Audience briefing session in the Foyer 45 minutes before the opera begins.

Reasons not to miss'AGRIPPINA'

  • La corrupción política según Händel.
  • Regreso al Liceu de Joyce Di Donato.
  • La última ópera de Händel para Italia.
  • Una de las mejores óperas de Händel.