HANDEL, G.F.: Agrippina (Atelier Lyrique de Tourcoing, 2003)

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Agrippina, HWV 6

Date of Production: 2003
Venue: Municipal Theatre, Tourcoing
Playing Time: 02:52:00
Catalogue Number: 33431
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Synopsis

Agrippina was staged for the first time in late December 1709 - or possibly at the beginning of 1710 - at Venice's Teatro San Grisostomo and met with enormous success, as testified by twenty-seven following performances, a record number even for 18th-century standards. Agrippina's triumph sanctioned Handel's definitive investiture as an operatic composer. After nearly 300 years this opera appears as a masterpiece of 18th-century music and an innovative work, considering that when Handel composed it he was just twenty-four years old. The composer's melodic creativity and sense of theatre are quite remarkable. The cast, conducted by Jean-Claude Malgoire, includes Véronique Gens in the title role.

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