barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


Porpora’s L’ Agrippina

Thursday 21 September 2017, 7pm
Saturday 23 September 2017, 7pm
Sunday  24 September 2017, 3pm

L’Agrippina – Porpora

Nicola Porpora’s 1708 opera, L’Agrippina is revived for the first time since is its premiere – combining exquisite music and engaging characters with newly commissioned multimedia visual design – breathing life into this 300-year-old work.

Director – Daisy Evans
Music Director – Andrew Kirkman
Baroque Orchestra – Musical and Amicable Society

Libretto by Nicole Giuvo
Recitatives performed in English
Arias performed in the original Italian

Amid the turmoil and politics of the courts of the first Roman emperors one woman rises to prominence. Agrippina fought for her family and her empire – a true matriarch – in spite of the powerful forces that surrounded her.

Porpora’s first opera, revived for the first time since its premiere in 1708, L’Agrippina explores the relationships and politics at play in court. Wife of Germanicus, Roman General and heir to the Empire, Agrippina finds herself amid an intricate web of allies, enemies, would-be suitors, and comedically amorous servants – relationships that are spun out over enchanting and vibrant music that hints at the virtuosity of the composer in his later years.

Directed by Silent Opera Artistic Director, Daisy Evans, with a cast of some of Europe’s finest early opera singers and featuring the baroque orchestra of the Musical and Amicable Society. L’Agrippina is produced by Barber Concerts and conducted by Professor Andrew Kirkman, Director and founder of The Binchois Consort.

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