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Handel's AGRIPPINA

When

Occurs on Saturday February 29 2020

Approximate running time: 4 hours and 10 minutes

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Agrippina (George Frideric Handel) MET PREMIERE /FIRST TIME IN HD


February 29, 2020, at 12:55PM ET

Conductor: Harry Bicket

Production: Sir David McVicar

Set and Costume Designer: John Macfarlane Lighting Designer: Paule Constable Choreographer: Andrew George

Cast: Brenda Rae (Poppea), Joyce DiDonato (Agrippina), Kate Lindsey (Nerone), Iestyn Davies (Ottone), Duncan Rock (Pallante), Matthew Rose (Claudio)

In the Met's first-ever performances of Agrippina, Handel's satire of sex and power politics, Sir David McVicar reconceives a production he originally created for the Monnaie in Brussels in 2000, evoking a scandalous world in which the Roman Empire never fell but simply kept going right up to the present. Holding a distorted mirror to contemporary society (as Handel did when he staged this opera), the production presents the corrupt intrigues of the political classes, brought to life by Joyce DiDonato as the power-hungry empress Agrippina, Brenda Rae as the scheming, seductive Poppea, and Kate Lindsey as the feckless teenager Nerone. Iestyn Davies portrays the ambitious officer Ottone, and Matthew Rose is the emperor Claudius, on whose vacated throne Agrippina is determined to install her son.

Renowned for his interpretations of the Baroque repertoire, Harry Bicket conducts.

Lecture Calendar

Lecture Calendar for Nunzio DeFilippis

Oct 26 Massenet's Manon
Nov 23 Glass's Akhnaten
Feb 1  The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess
Feb 29 Handel's Agrappina
Apr 11 Puccini's Tosca

Lecture Calendar for Dr. Marguerite Mulée

Oct 12 Puccini's Turandot
Nov 9 Puccini's Madam Butterfly
Jan 11 Berg's Wozzeck
Mar 14 Wagner's Der Fliegende Holländer
May 9 Donzetti's Maria Strada

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