Handel - Agrippina

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Handel - Agrippina

Maxim Emelyanychev, Joyce DiDonato (mezzo-soprano), Elsa Benoit (soprano), Luca Pisaron...

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Composed in late 1709 when Handel was still just 24 years of age, Agrippina is reckoned by many to be his first operatic masterpiece. It was written towards the end of his three-year Italian sojourn, which had already taken him to Rome (where opera was forbidden by papal decree) and Florence (where his first Italian opera Rodrigo was produced in November 1707). Agrippina is set during the reign of the Roman emperor Claudio (Claudius), and concerns the manoeuvrings of his fourth wife, the titular Agrippina, to secure the imperial succession for ... read more

Composed in late 1709 when Handel was still just 24 years of age, Agrippina is reckoned by many to be his first operatic masterpiece. It was written towards the end of his three-year Italian sojourn, which had already taken him to... read more

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