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Agrippina by Händel @Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich – Munich Opera Festival– New Production

July 23, 2019 - July 30, 2019

photo felix loechner - Agrippina by Händel @Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich – Munich Opera Festival– New Production

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 her first marriage, to ascend to the throne. Indeed the librettist Vincenzo Grimani, in ancillary professions also a cardinal and emperor’s ambassador at the Vatican, among other positions, turned his experiences at the court of Pope Clemens XI and his precise knowledge of the Annals of Tacitus and Suetonius’s De vita Caesarum into a libretto that is not only historically precise, but which also twists and turns with the most diverse watershed moments and chicanery surrounding the Vatican throne, so much that, at the end the question here is practically – are there winners, losers and a lieto fine, or happy end, here at all? Director Barrie Kosky sums up: “This opera shows what the best operas are made of – a combination of eroticism and power.”

Photo © Felix Löchner

In Italian with German and English surtitles

Conductor Ivor Bolton
Production Barrie Kosky
Stage Rebecca Ringst
Costumes Klaus Bruns
Light Joachim Klein
Dramaturgy Nikolaus Stenitzer

• Claudio Gianluca Buratto
• Agrippina Alice Coote
• Nerone Franco Fagioli
• Poppea Elsa Benoit
• Ottone Iestyn Davies
• Pallante Andrea Mastroni
• Narciso Eric Jurenas
• Lesbo Markus Suihkonen
• Giunone Katarina Bradić



July 23, 2019
July 30, 2019
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