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[Wikipedia] April 14: Agrippina (opera)

Agrippina (HWV 6) is an opera seria in three acts by George Frideric
Handel, from a libretto by Cardinal Vincenzo Grimani. Composed for the
1709–10 Venice Carnevale season, the opera tells the story of
Agrippina, the mother of Nero, as she plots the downfall of the Roman
Emperor Claudius and the installation of her son as emperor. Grimani's
libretto, considered one of the best that Handel set, is an
"anti-heroic satirical comedy", full of topical political allusions. It
premiered in Venice at the Teatro San Giovanni Grisostomo on 26
December 1709, and was an immediate success. Observers were full of
praise for the quality of the music—much of which, in keeping with the
contemporary custom, had been borrowed and adapted from other works.
Despite the evident public enthusiasm for the work, Handel did not
promote further stagings. There were occasional productions in the
years following its premiere but, when Handel's operas fell out of
fashion in the mid-18th century, it and his other dramatic works were
generally forgotten. In recent years performances of the work have
become more common, with innovative stagings at the New York State
Theater and the London Coliseum in 2007. Modern critical opinion is
that Agrippina is Handel's first operatic masterpiece, full of
freshness and musical invention which have made it one of the most
popular operas of the continuing Handel revival.

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