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Porpora's L'Agrippina

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Barber Institute of Fine Arts: Barber Concert HallEdgbaston Park Road, Birmingham, West Midlands, B15 2TS, United Kingdom
2017 September 21 19:00, September 23 19:00, September 24 15:00
Andrew KirkmanConductor
Daisy EvansDirector
Katie StevensonMezzo-sopranoAgrippina
Michael TaylorCountertenorGermanico
Katherine AitkenMezzo-sopranoCaligola
William TowersCountertenorGiunio
Jorge Navarro-ColoradoTenorSettimio
Raphaela PapadakisSopranoOrestilla
Filipa van EckSopranoGiulia
Charlotte BeamentSopranoArmilla
Marc LabonnetteBaritonePlanco
Musical and Amicable Society

Libretto by Nicole Giuvo
Recitatives performed in English
Arias performed in the original Italian

Amid the turmoil and politics of the courts of the first Roman emperors one woman rises to prominence. Agrippina fought for her family and her empire – a true matriarch – in spite of the powerful forces that surrounded her.

Porpora’s first opera, revived for the first time since its premiere in 1708, L’Agrippina explores the relationships and politics at play in court. Wife of Germanicus, Roman General and heir to the Empire, Agrippina finds herself amid an intricate web of allies, enemies, would-be suitors, and comedically amorous servants – relationships that are spun out over enchanting and vibrant music that hints at the virtuosity of the composer in his later years.

Directed by Silent Opera Artistic Director, Daisy Evans, with a cast of some of Europe’s finest early opera singers and featuring the baroque orchestra of the Musical and Amicable Society. L’Agrippina is produced by Barber Concerts and conducted by Professor Andrew Kirkman, Director and founder of The Binchois Consort.

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