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from Act III, Scene 1 of the Italian opera Agrippina by George Frideric Handel Bel piacere è godere, Poppea’s aria from Agrippina Piega pur del mio cor nel. from Act I of the Italian opera, Agrippina by George Frideric Handel Libretto: Cardinal Vincenzo . Bel piacere e godere from Act III, Scene 1 of the Italian opera. I. Bel piacere | George Frideric Handel. (Vincenzo Grimani). Handel was a prolific composer of the Baroque period. This period is charac-.

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Poppaea swears revenge “Ingannata una sol volta”, alternate aria “Pur punir chi m’ha ingannata” but is distracted when Nero comes forward and declares his love for her.

In about the British composer Samuel Arnold produced an edition based on early copies; this edition, while it contains errors and inaccuracies, has been called “probably a reasonable reflection of early performances”.

Bel Piacere è godere (English translation)

It was performed by Kent Opera with the conductor, Ivan Fischer, making his debut with the company and the orchestra playing on baroque instruments. At the palace, Puacere tells Agrippina of his troubles and decides to renounce love for political ambition “Come nube che fugge dal vento”. While in Rome, probably through Alessandro Scarlatti, Handel had become acquainted with Cardinal Grimani, [7] a distinguished diplomat who wrote libretti in his spare time, and acted as an unofficial theatrical agent for the Italian royal courts.

In this performance the alto role of Otho, composed for a woman, was changed into a bass accompanied by English horns”with calamitous effects on the delicate balance and texture of the score”, according to Winton Dean.

This production, revived inwas described by The New York Times critic as “odd She hides Otho in her bedroom with instructions to listen carefully. The date of Agrippina ‘ s first handfl, about which there was at one time some uncertainty, has been confirmed by a manuscript newsletter as 26 December Retrieved 11 March A manuscript from the s known as the “Flower score” is described by Dean as “a miscellany in haphazard order”.


Nero is unenthusiastic about this project, but consents to his mother’s wishes “Con saggio tuo consiglio”.

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Retrieved hanedl March Meanwhile, Agrippina, having lost the support of Pallas and Narcissus, manages to convince Claudius that Otho is still plotting to take the throne. No one is satisfied with this arrangement, as their desires have all changed, so Claudius in a spirit of reconciliation reverses his judgement, giving Poppaea to Otho and the throne to Nero.

Despite the evident public enthusiasm for the work, Handel did not promote further stagings. Handel’s music illuminates her deceit in the melody and minor modal keywhile a simple, emphasised rhythmic accompaniment hints at clarity and openness.

Retrieved on 18 April In the 20th century Agrippina was revived in Germany and premiered in Britain and America.

Variants from the libretto are also noted. London Evening Standard, 6 February There have been numerous productions in the 21st century, including a ultramodern staging by director Lillian Groag at the New York City Opera. It is based on the version, with ballet music borrowed from Rodrigo, and contains two appendices with added and reconstructed music as well as deleted versions from the autograph.

The New Penguin Opera Guide describes it as one of the best Handel ever set, and praises the “light touch” with which the characters are vividly portrayed.

In Barenreiter published Hellmuth Christian Wolff ‘s edition, prepared for the Nandel revival and reflecting the casting of basses for Otto and Narcissus, even when they sing what would otherwise be the alto part in the last chorus.


However, Poppaea is touched by her former beloved’s grief, and wonders if he might not be innocent “Bella pur nel mio diletto”.

She goes to Poppaea and tells her, falsely, piacerr Otho has struck a bargain with Claudius whereby he, Otho, gains the throne but gives Poppaea to Claudius. His settings sometimes illustrate both the surface meaning, as characters attempt to deceive each other, and the hidden truth.

Otho, as she intended, overhears her and fiercely protests his innocence. But Pallas and Narcissus have by now revealed Agrippina’s original plot to Claudius, so that when Agrippina urges the Emperor to yield piafere throne to Nero, he accuses her of treachery.

He applied himself to the composition of cantatas and oratorios ; at that time there picere little difference apart from increasing length between cantata, oratorio and opera, all based on the bdl of secco recitative and aria da capo. Poppaea, Claudius, Lesbus “Non ho cor che per amarti” Agrippina “Se giunge un dispetto” Poppaea; there are two settings.

Between and there were productions of Agrippina in Naples, Hamburg, and Vienna, although Handel himself never revived the opera after its initial run. Handel composed Agrippina at the end of a three-year sojourn in Italy. Agrippina is considered Handel’s first operatic masterpiece; [1] according to Winton Dean it has few rivals for its “sheer freshness of musical invention”.

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