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James Conway director
Jonathan Peter Kenny conductor
Handel Agrippina [sung in English]
Handel’s three year visit to Italy culminated in the premiere of his opera Agrippina in Venice in 1709, a youthful masterpiece of dazzling invention and virtuosity. Widely regarded as Handel’s first operatic masterpiece, Agrippina stands out for its scandalously witty libretto and the freshness of its music, full of invention. Using many of the same characters as Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea, the opera is in fact a prequel, as Agrippina, wife to the Emperor Claudius, schemes and manipulates to secure the succession to the imperial throne for her son, Nero.
'In James Conway’s inspired production…the sight-gags come thick and fast'
5 STARS, Michael Church, Independent
'How refreshing after recent outré aberrations to encounter a quietly modest and sensible… production built on the solid foundations of rigorous rehearsal and performed in an appropriately scaled theatrical space.... All round an excellent team effort, which I warmly recommend to Handelians.'
4 STARS, Rupert Christiansen, Daily Telegraph
Pre-performance talk The creative team discuss the production
Peter Pears Recital Room, Snape 6.30pm
Tickets Free but please book
This performance is part of our Autumn-Winter 2013 season.
Priority Booking dates are as follows:
Annual Donors Friday 17 May until Monday 3 June
Friends Booking Tuesday 4 June
Advance Booking List (including e-ABL) Wednesday 19 June
General Booking Tuesday 2 July
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Tickets £32, £28, £24, £19, £15 Under 27s half price
Venice, the home of the world’s first commercial opera, at one time hosted six different opera houses. English Touring Opera presents three operas by different composers, premiered at three different theatres, all first unveiled in the carnival season and inspired by Venice’s wit and humour.
In Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea political power and lust triumph over virtue. The same characters are viewed comically in Handel’s virtuosic bedroom farce, Agrippina. Lesser known now, Cavalli was the master of Venetian opera, and his ironic take on the hero of the Golden Fleece, Jason, is his most seductive work.
Combination ticket Book all three operas for
£84, £75, £63, £51, £39