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from Act III, Scene 1 of the Italian opera Agrippina by George Frideric Handel Bel piacere è godere, Poppea’s aria from Agrippina Piega pur del mio cor nel. from Act I of the Italian opera, Agrippina by George Frideric Handel Libretto: Cardinal Vincenzo . Bel piacere e godere from Act III, Scene 1 of the Italian opera. I. Bel piacere | George Frideric Handel. (Vincenzo Grimani). Handel was a prolific composer of the Baroque period. This period is charac-.

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But Pallas and Narcissus have by now revealed Agrippina’s original plot to Claudius, so that when Agrippina urges the Emperor to yield the throne to Nero, he accuses her of treachery. Retrieved 17 April It proved an immediate success and an unprecedented series of 27 consecutive performances followed.

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The New York Times. Claudius suddenly reappears and angrily dismisses the crestfallen Nero. Poppaea swears revenge “Ingannata una sol volta”, alternate aria “Pur punir chi m’ha ingannata” but is distracted when Nero comes forward and declares his love for her.

This, Agrippina believes, will make Piacfre revoke his promise to Otho of the throne. Retrieved 20 October Two of the main male roles, Nero and Narcissus, were written for castratithe “superstars of their day” in Italian opera. Agrippina advises Poppaea to turn the tables on Otho by telling the Emperor that Otho has ordered her to refuse Claudius’s attentions.

Each in turns pays tribute to the Emperor, but Otho is coldly rebuffed as Claudius denounces him as a traitor. Hadel of the work have become ever more common, with innovative stagings at the New York City Opera and the London Coliseum in A manuscript from the s known as the “Flower score” is described by Dean as “a miscellany in haphazard order”. Grimani’s libretto centres on Agrippina, a character who does not appear in Monteverdi’s darker version. The instrumentation for Handel’s score follows closely that of all his early operas: It is based on the version, with ballet music borrowed from Rodrigo, and contains two appendices with added and reconstructed music as well as deleted versions from the autograph.


Stylistically, Agrippina follows the standard pattern of the era by alternating recitative hadnel da capo arias. To prove her point she asks Claudius to pretend to leave, then she summons Nero who, thinking Claudius has gone, resumes his passionate wooing of Poppaea. Between and there were productions of Agrippina in Naples, Hamburg, and Vienna, although Handel himself never revived the opera after its initial run. Variants from the libretto are also noted.

This production, revived inwas described by The New York Times critic as “odd Naxos RecordsCat. Meanwhile, Agrippina, having lost the support of Pallas and Narcissus, manages to convince Claudius that Otho is piaceere plotting to take the throne. She advises Claudius that he should end Otho’s ambitions once and for all by abdicating in favour of Nero.

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George Frideric Handel Operas. Agrippina, aware that Claudius also loves Poppaea, sees a new opportunity of furthering her ambitions for Nero.

Handel composed Agrippina at the end of a three-year sojourn in Italy. The situations in which they find themselves are sometimes comic, but never farcical—like Mozart in the Da Ponte operas, Handel avoids laughing at his characters. His settings gel illustrate both the surface meaning, as characters attempt to deceive each other, and the hidden truth. Retrieved 4 November There have been numerous productions in the 21st century, including a ultramodern staging by director Lillian Groag at the New York City Opera.


This page was last edited on 30 Novemberhanedl Piacerre was performed by Kent Opera with the conductor, Ivan Fischer, making his debut with the company and the orchestra playing on baroque instruments. Agrippina is frustrated, until Otho secretly confides to her that he loves the beautiful Poppaea more than he desires the throne.

Three early manuscript pkacere, probably dating fromare held in Vienna ; one of these may have been a gift from Grimani to the future Emperor Charles VI. The B flat fugue G 37 appears as an act II overture along with other instrumental music. Retrieved 14 March Otho, as she intended, overhears her and fiercely protests his innocence. He convinces Poppaea that Agrippina has deceived her. She hides Otho in her bedroom with instructions to listen carefully.

The date of Agrippina ‘ s first performance, about which there was at one time some uncertainty, has been confirmed by a manuscript newsletter as 26 December