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.
- 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.
IL POMO D'ORO
Oboes / flutes
Roberto de Franceschi
Miguel Rodriguez Rincon
|18||Saturday||20:00||Turn C||Fee 6|
First part 1h 45m
Second part 1h 30m
Approximate running time 3h 45m
Information of Interest
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.