Georg Friedrich Händel

16 May, 19

Opera in concert version

Opera in concert version



16 May 19




One of the greatest triumphs in the life of Georg Friedrich Händel was Agrippina , an opera replete with intrigue, cynicism and humour. A veritable constellation of stars brings life to this Roman thriller: Joyce DiDonato, Franco Fagioli, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Luca Pisaroni and Jakub Józef Orlinski. Conductor Maxim Emelyanychev leads his acclaimed orchestra, Il Pomo d’Oro.

Dramma per musica in three acts

Music by Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759)
Libretto by Vincenzo Grimani
Premiered at the Teatro San Giovanni Grisostomo of Venice on 26 December 1709
Premiered at the Teatro Real on 2 November 2009
Opera in concert version

Il Pomo d'Oro

Artistic Team

Musical director and Clef I Maxim Emelyanychev



Agrippina I Joyce DiDonato 
Poppea I  Elsa Benoit 
Claudio I  Luca Pisaroni 
Ottone/Giunone I  Marie-Nicole Lemieux 
Nerone I  Franco Fagioli 
Pallante I  Andrea Mastroni 
Narciso I  Carlo Vistoli 
Lesbo I  Biagio Pizzuti



Subtitles in

Español, Inglés

  • Apertura de puertas: una hora antes del comienzo de la función
  • Parte I: 1 hora y 25 minutos
  • Pausa: 25 minutos
  • Parte II: 1 hora y 25 minutos

Synopsis of Agrippina

Written in the latter part of the three years that a young Georg Friedrich Händel spent in Italy, Agrippina is developed around the conspiracy that the mother of Nero was scheming to put into place so that her son could seize the position occupied by the Emperor Claudius. The libretto, based on a free interpretation of an ancient Roman story, is plagued with political intrigues and a good dose of black humor, cynicism and irony. Much of what is included in the opera proceeds from the music that the composer had already written previously: only five of the arias are new compositions.

This, far from eliminating interest in the score, makes evident the capacity of the musician to select, combine, and complement ideas already conceived, placing them in a brilliant way to the service of the plot of the work. Agrippina is an outstanding summary, more than a zenith, of the Händel’s Italian compositions. In this work we can already see the unmistakable quill of the composer, but at the same time we witness a work full of imagination in which his thirst for experimenting can be glimpsed. His première in Venice had already achieved a thunderous success, and contributed to nourish a reputation which would continue in irrepressible ascent upon his arrival to London.

Act I

When her husband, the Roman emperor Claudius (Claudio), is apparently drowned at sea, Agrippina plots for her son Nero (Nerone) to be his successor. In fact Claudius has been saved by Otho (Ottone) and the immminent coronation of Nero is abandoned. Otho arrives and tells Agrippina that Claudius, in gratitude, has appointed him his successor. He also tells her that he is in love with Poppea. Agrippina, aware that Claudius also loves Poppea, tells Poppea that Otho has agreed to give her to Claudius in return for the crown. She suggests to Poppea that by telling Claudius that Otho has refused Poppea access to him, the emperor will dismiss Otho from the throne.

Act II

Otho claims his reward from Claudius who denounces him as a traitor. He is then vilified by Agrippina, Poppea and Nero. But Poppea begins to doubt his guilt, and eventually Otho convinces her of his innocence. Agrippina then tells Claudius that Otho is plotting against him and persuades him to appoint Nero emperor.


Poppea explains to Claudius that whereas she once thought Otho had betrayed him, it was in fact Nero, whom she then reveals hiding behind a curtain in her room. Claudius dismisses his stepson, who informs his mother of Poppea’s treachery. Agrippina confronts Claudius, berates him for succumbing to Poppea’s influence, and claims that Otho loves Poppea, thereby forcing Claudius to summon all three. He orders Nero to marry Poppea and leaves the succession with Otho, who requests that he might forgo the crown for Poppea’s hand in marriage. Claudius agrees, and blesses Poppea and Otho’s marriage.

Agrippina, de Georg Friedrich Händel

Programa de Mano

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Show functions

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16 May 2019


Main Auditorium

Joyce DiDonato, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Franco Fagioli, Luca Pisaroni, Jakub Józef Orlinski
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Parallel activities


What's OnFilmoteca Española

Proyección en torno a la producción del Teatro Real. Febrero de 2019. Fecha por determinar.




Visita Guiada

What's OnMuseo Arqueológico Nacional

Recorrido por las salas de la Hispania romana. 17 de mayo, 18.00h. Actividad gratuita (máximo 20 personas).





Tocando la historia

What's OnMuseo Arqueológico Nacional

Cara a cara con Agripina (y familia). Acceso a la cámara acorazada del museo. 14 de mayo, 18.00h; 16 de mayo, 12.00h Actividad gratuita (máximo 10 personas por sesión)






What's OnMuseo Arqueológico Nacional

Agrippina, princesa Julio-Claudia, a cargo de Ángeles Castellano. 21 de febrero, 19.00h.





Actividad Teatralizada

What's OnMuseo de Arte Romano de Mérida

Agripina vs. Nerón: una madre para un emperador. Un acercamiento diferente a la historia. 18 de mayo, 22.00h. Actividad gratuita






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