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Performed by English Touring Opera
Sung In English
Part of Harrogate Theatre's Festival of Baroque Opera
Handel’s three year visit to Italy,
culminated in the premiere of his opera Agrippina
in Venice in
Composing at speed to a scandalously witty and ironic
libretto by a Cardinal, Vincenzo Grimaldi, he drew on his experience of the
Widely regarded as Handel’s first operatic masterpiece,
Agrippina stands out for the quality of its music, full of freshness and
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 imperial throne for her son, Nero.
ETO’s new production is conducted by Handel specialist Jonathan
Peter Kenny; the cast includes Gillian Webster as the eponymous heroine, Andrew
Slater as Claudius and Jake Arditti as Nero.
Watch the trailer here:
Did you know?
Agrippina features a very
similar set of characters to another opera in ETO’s season, Monteverdi’s The
Coronation of Poppea. In some ways a prequel to Monteverdi’s opera, we
again meet Poppea, Ottone, and Nero before he ascends to the imperial throne.
Soprano Paula Sides faces the rare challenge of
playing Poppea in both productions throughout the tour!
See some production images here:
Photo credit: Robert Workman
It’s perfect for you if…
If you like restoration comedies such as The Way
of the World or She Stoops to Conquer. ETO’s new translation
emphasises the comic elements of the opera, making it doubly funny and very
If you admire Handel’s music, Agrippina is widely regarded as Handel’s
first operatic masterpiece. The short arias echo earlier Venetian operas, but
the inventiveness of the music and the grasp of storytelling make it uniquely
Listen to some of the music from the Baroque Opera Festival:
Sung in English
Performed with a live period orchestra
Running time: approx. 3 hours (incl. interval)
Watch some of the cast in rehearsals and English Touring Opera's General Director James Conway talk about the season below:
Watch a clip of English Touring Opera's General Director James Conway introduce the Opera below:
Read about how the score for this new production of Agrippina was put together by CLICKING HERE
At 6.30pm in the Harrogate Theatre Circle Bar a member of the
artistic team will be talking about this opera to allow you a unique
insight into this production.
Covering topics such as the historical context, life of the
composer and how the show made it from the page to the stage this is
your chance to hear more about the show.
This event is free to ticket holders for the evening performance.
No need to book – just turn up.
Running time: 30 minutes
View the full Harrogate Theatres September 2013 – March 2014 Season Brochure below
Show Dates and Times
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|02 November 2013
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Join us for glorious music, timeless
stories and a live experience to stir your passions.
In 17th century Venice, residents and
tourists alike celebrated for months during Carnival season. At its heart was
opera, a thrilling spectacle enjoyed by people from all walks of life.
This Autumn, English Touring Opera
Venice to you with a season of three operas written to be performed during
Thur 31 Oct
in Venice loved to laugh at gods and heroes and, as a result, Jason
was the runaway success of
the 17th century.
The hero of the Golden Fleece forgets his wife,
shirks his responsibilities and strikes up a relationship with a beautiful,
mysterious queen. With sensuous tunes and bawdy comedy, Jason
the true spirit of Venetian opera.
Fri 1 Nov
The Coronation Of Poppea
power, morality, corruption... Monteverdi’s masterpiece depicts the ruthless
Roman Emperor Nero and his fiery affair with beautiful Poppea.
and ambition triumph – very seductively – over virtue and reason.
features the same real-life characters as The Coronation of
, but is more of a comedy, with Nero’s mother scheming to get her son
on the Roman throne.
Translated in the style of a Restoration comedy,
this one’s for you if you’ve enjoyed The Way of the World
Stoops to Conquer
Sun 3 Nov
Vivaldi: Music For A Venetian Orphanage
ETO soloists and baroque orchestra the Old
Street Band combine with Harrogate Vocalis in the atmospheric concert.
Harrogate Theatre Main House
Harrogate Theatre Main House
Company : English Touring Opera