Agrippina

More info on Agrippina

Composer:

Georg Handel

Librettist:

Cardinal Vincenzo Grimani

Premiere:

26 December 1709, Venice (Teatro San Giovanni Gris

Language:

Italian

Synopsis:

Agrippina Synopsis

Libretto:

Agrippina Libretto

Translation(s):

English Deutsch

About the opera Agrippina

Agrippina (HWV 6) is an opera seria in three acts by George Frideric Handel, from a libretto by Cardinal Vincenzo Grimani. Composed for the 1709-10 Venice Carnevale season, the opera tells the story of Agrippina, the mother of Nero, as she plots the downfall of the Roman Emperor Claudius and the installation of her son as emperor. Grimani's libretto, considered one of the best that Handel set, is an "anti-heroic satirical comedy", full of topical political allusions. Some analysts believe that it reflects the rivalry of Grimani with Pope Clement XI.
Handel composed Agrippina at the end of a three-year visit to Italy. It premiered in Venice at the Teatro San Giovanni Grisostomo on 26 December 1709, and was an immediate success. From its opening night it was given a then-unprecedented run of 27 consecutive performances, and received much critical acclaim. Observers were full of praise for the quality of the music—much of which, in keeping with the contemporary custom, had been borrowed and adapted from other works, including some from other composers. Despite the evident public enthusiasm for the work, Handel did not promote further stagings. There were occasional productions in the years following its premiere but, when Handel's operas fell out of fashion in the mid-18th century, it and his other dramatic works were generally forgotten.
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Roles in Agrippina

Agrippina Soprano
Nero CounterTenor
Pallas Bass
Narcissus CounterTenor
Lesbus Bass
Otho Contralto
Poppaea Soprano
Claudius Bass

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All scenes from Agrippina

Arias from Agrippina

Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Vieni oh cara

Opera: AgrippinaComposer: HandelAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: Italian

Roles: Claudius
2L'alma mia fra le tempeste

Opera: AgrippinaComposer: HandelAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Agrippina
3Non ho cor che per armarti

Opera: AgrippinaComposer: HandelAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Agrippina
4Vaghe perle

Opera: AgrippinaComposer: HandelAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Poppaea
5Se giunge un dispetto

Opera: AgrippinaComposer: HandelAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Poppaea
6Vaghe fonti

Opera: AgrippinaComposer: HandelAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: contraltoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Otho
7Voi che udite

Opera: AgrippinaComposer: HandelAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: contraltoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Otho
8Ogni vento ch'al porto lo spinga

Opera: AgrippinaComposer: HandelAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Agrippina
9Quando invita la donna l'amanto

Opera: AgrippinaComposer: HandelAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: countertenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nero
10Pensieri voi mi tormentate

Opera: AgrippinaComposer: HandelAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Agrippina
11Tacero purche fedèle

Opera: AgrippinaComposer: HandelAct: 3.01

Type: ariaVoice: contraltoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Otho
12Coll ardor del tuo bel cor

Opera: AgrippinaComposer: HandelAct: 3.01

Type: ariaVoice: countertenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nero
13Bel piacere e godere

Opera: AgrippinaComposer: HandelAct: 3.01

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Poppaea
14Come nube che fugge

Opera: AgrippinaComposer: HandelAct: 3.02

Type: ariaVoice: countertenorLanguage: Italian

Roles: Nero
15Se vuoi pace

Opera: AgrippinaComposer: HandelAct: 3.02

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: Italian

Roles: Agrippina