Introductory talk: Dr. Erik Dremel, Theological Faculty of Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg | 2pm | Handel House, Chamber Music Hall | Admission free – unnumbered seating (Duration 30 minutes approx.) (in German)
Agrippina is the wife of the Roman emperor, a mother capable of anything and a cunning schemer. This opera is unusual for Handel. On the one hand, Agrippina represents the musical quintessence, the composer’s “best of”, of his Italian works, so to speak. On the other hand, no other opera by Handel is filled with such biting scorn.
In this performance in Halle of a wicked satire of power abuse and intrigue, you can enjoy the return of some superb musicians. Ann Hallenberg, who in Arianna in Creta received rapturous applause from the audience at the 2018 festival, will be back, as will Ray Chenez. This is not to forget the outstanding French orchestra, Les Talens Lyriques, under their musical director Christophe Rousset. An exceptional opera by Handel featuring exceptional musicians – we can expect a reference performance.