Dutch National Opera presents

Agrippina Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759)

Tickets on sale
03 Jun 12:00

The only baroque opera of the year


Duration 3:30

By Georg Friedrich Händel

Language Italian

Surtitles Dutch and English

Agrippina will do whatever it takes to depose the current Emperor Claudius and install her son Nero on the throne. A baroque opera about grand ambitions, political intrigues and the winding paths of power. The perfect material for one of Händel’s earliest works.

Baroque opera

Händel’s work enjoys a lively and successful tradition at Dutch National Opera, which includes recent stagings of Ariodante, Jephtha and Rodelinda. Now, with Agrippina, Händel spe­cialist Ottavio Dantone will make his Dutch National Opera debut, leading his prize-winning Baroque orchestra Accademia Bizantina.

    Mon 20 Jan Het Parool over Kosky's Armide

    ‘[…] bij De Nederlandse Opera werd Glucks drame héroïque een topproductie, met dank aan de fantasie van Barrie Kosky. […] De personenregie is natuurlijk en direct, maar in deze fantastische setting op het immense podium dat Kosky en zijn team creëerden, krijgt alles een magistraal groot gebaar.

    Fri 31 Jan The Telegraph 2019, ****

    ‘Barrie Kosky is without doubt one of the most exciting and inventive opera directors on the scene today’

    Mon 03 Feb Theaterkrant over Sarah Connolly, 2016

    'Sarah Connolly voerde haar topzware rol met flair en een briljant stemgeluid uit.'

    Fri 31 Jan The Guardian, 2019 ****

    'Barrie Kosky's staging is [...] clever, sharply observed and witty.'

    Mon 20 Jan NRC Handelsblad over Kosky's Armide

    Zulke vondsten gaan gepaard aan een knappe en gedetailleerde personenregie. […] Armide is een opera om te gaan zien: om Glucks prachtmuziek en voor Barrie Kosky’s theatertaal’


Kosky's Agrippina 
In Barrie Kosky’s staging, Agrippina has a firm grip on the reins. She manipulates everyone on- and offstage to her own advantage. Kosky is a master at creating real-life characters who maneuver between fact and farce.

Designer of the year, Rebecca Ringst
The stylish decor is by Rebecca Ringst, named ‘designer of the year’ in 2019 at the International Opera Awards.

Sarah Connolly, Franco Fagioli, Ying Fang
The name of the star mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly is forever linked to Dutch National Opera’s Händel productions. She sang Ariodante in Amsterdam in 2015, and her one-off, last-minute performance in the title role of Giulio Cesare in 2008 is legendary. Connolly shines alongside Franco Fagioli, one of the world’s foremost countertenors, and the young soprano Ying Fang, seen earlier this season in Le Nozze di Figaro.



Opera in three acts (1709)
Sung in Italian 

Vincenzo Grimani

Co-production with Bayerische Staatsoper (München), Royal Opera House Covent Garden (London) and Staatsoper Hamburg

Team, Cast and Chorus

Musical director
Ottavio Dantone
Stage director
Barrie Kosky
Rebecca Ringst
Costume designer
Klaus Bruns
Light designer
Joachim Klein
Nikolaus Stenitzer
Accademia Bizantina
Sarah Connolly
Franco Fagioli
Ying Fang
Gianluca Buratto
Tim Mead
Eric Jurenas
Nahuel di Pierro
Sam Carl (Dutch National Opera Studio)


Accademia Bizantina
Accademia Bizantina was founded in Ravenna, Italy, in 1983 and has worked with prominent conductors, including Riccardo Muti and Luciano Berio. Now, the orchestra is under the artistic leadership of conductor Ottavio Dantone, who joined the orchestra in 1989 on the harpsichord and became artistic director in 1996. Since then, the orchestra has specialised in the baroque repertoire and is currently one of the best orchestras in the genre. In the 2020-2021 season, Accademia Bizantina makes its Dutch National Opera debut with Agrippina.


Dutch National Opera & Ballet offers an introductory talk 45 minutes before each performance. An expert will share background information, context and interesting details that can give your theatre visit more depth. The talks are in Dutch and are free to all the ticket holders. You can also find an abridged version of the introduction on our website as a podcast.

Time: 45 minutes before the performance
Location: Odeonzaal; ground floor entrance