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Work: Agrippina

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ComposerHandel, George Frideric (1685-1759)
PeriodBaroque
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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Political power games in Kosky's Agrippina at Covent Garden

Joyce DiDonato (Agrippina) © ROH | Bill Cooper
An over-directed, but vivid staging demonstrating political rise and fall in Ancient Rome transported to the present day.
***11
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Handel's Agrippina sparkles at the Barbican

Joyce DiDonato (Agrippina) © Richard Young
The biting wit of Vincenzo Grimani's libretto is well served by some knockout arias and excellent performances from a strong cast and the matchless Il pomo d'oro.
****1
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Agrippina triumphs at The Grange Festival

Anna Bonitatibus (Agrippina) © Robert Workman
A resounding success at its 1709 première, Handel’s Agrippina gripped the ear and dazzled the eye at the Grange Festival in a hugely entertaining and powerful performance.
*****
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Agrippina meets Dynasty in Antwerp

Agrippina © Annemarie Augustijns
Opera Vlaanderen revives a production of Handel's Agrippina based on American soap operas of the 1980s.
****1
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Handel’s Agrippina in a swinging 60s production

The early Handel opera Agrippina is given a rare and playful outing at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with clear Italian singing, joyous Baroque playing and lively stage production.
****1
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