Dutch National Opera presents
03 Jun 12:00
The only baroque opera of the year
in the grasp OF A POWER-HUNGRY EMPRESS
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.
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.
‘[…] 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.
‘Barrie Kosky is without doubt one of the most exciting and inventive opera directors on the scene today’
'Sarah Connolly voerde haar topzware rol met flair en een briljant stemgeluid uit.'
'Barrie Kosky's staging is [...] clever, sharply observed and witty.'
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’
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
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 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