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Artists: Patricia Bardon, Jake Arditti, Danielle de Niese, Filippo Mineccia
Language: French, Italian, German, English, Japanese, Korean
Subtitles: Italian, English, French, German
Region: All Regions
Number of discs: 2
Studio: NAXOS DVD
DVD Release Date: September 14, 2018
Run Time: 179 minutes
During his years in Italy, Handel absorbed the music of his contemporaries and mastered new stylistic trends. Though the staging of La resurrezione was a memorable event in the Roman musical world, it was the production of Agrippina that marked Handel’s definitive investiture as an operatic composer. It met with enormous success and an unprecedented number of performances followed.
Its melodic power is overwhelming and in his creation of credible and vivid characters, the alternation of recitative and arias, and sheer theatrical power, Handel established the template that was to last for the remainder of his operatic career. The production on the present release was filmed in March 2016 at the Theater an der Wien, Vienna, Austria, and was directed by Robert Carsen.
George Frideric Handel's Agrippina
Originally set in ancient Rome, this early Italian opera of Handel was a success that secured his international reputation. The composer’s inventive musical approach is the perfect vehicle to delve into the complex ideas of the drama: Like imperial corruption itself, the score can dazzle with elegant splendor while betraying the devious machinations under the surface.
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