AGRIPPINA

Agrippina

Sister to Caligula, wife of Claudius and mother of Nero

Overview

Following their five-star production of Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, Michael Chance and Robert Howarth join forces again to lead the musical direction in another wonderful story from the classical world. Anna Bonitatibus heads a world-class cast including the much sought-after countertenor Raffaele Pe, 2011 London Handel Singing Competition winner Stefanie True, and Jonathan Best making a welcome return to The Grange.

Walter Sutcliffe, Northern Ireland Opera’s artistic director, and his designer Jon Bausor’s inspired vision brings to life the humour, satire and egomania of one of opera’s most outrageous leading women. The youthful Handel packed Agrippina with the full range of his astonishing imagination, setting a libretto at once hilarious, moving and clever. Handel’s music is bursting with originality and fun, as well as carefully considered moments of eye-watering beauty.

  • Composer — Georg Frideric Handel
  • Librettist — Cardinal Vincenzo Grimani
  • Orchestra — The Academy of Ancient Music

Production Team

  • Walter Sutcliffe

    Walter Sutcliffe Director

  • Jon Bausor Designer

Synopsis

Cast

Reviews

In all it's a terrific show, and the only Handel production I've ever seen which obeys the old showbiz principle: leave your audience wanting more

The Telegraph

this is classy, provocative entertainment, and hugely enjoyable

The Guardian

Walter Stucliffe's production trades in the thrills and spills, deceptions, seductions, and revelations, cutting out the recitatives so that the whole thing rushes along as if there's no tomorrow

The Independent

Its glorious music, political satire and imaginative staging make this an absolute must-see production

Bachtrack

There is nothing to equal the collaboration of real experts in their field, as The Grange Festival has demonstrated yet again with this stunning Agrippina

musicOMH

A production such as this breathes new life into Baroque opera, showing to those open-minded enough to see it, how such works can still excite attention and pleasure

Classical Source

This cracking production, with its gripping mix of sex, power, schemes, politics, lies, lust and love, could have been written for the box-set age

The Times

Anna Bonitatibus richly captures the role of ruthless mother

The Express

As the opening offering of its second opera season, this is the stuff that will propel The Grange Festival to the top

Mark Aspen Reviews
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