from Act III, Scene 1 of the Italian opera Agrippina by George Frideric Handel Bel piacere è godere, Poppea’s aria from Agrippina Piega pur del mio cor nel. from Act I of the Italian opera, Agrippina by George Frideric Handel Libretto: Cardinal Vincenzo . Bel piacere e godere from Act III, Scene 1 of the Italian opera. I. Bel piacere | George Frideric Handel. (Vincenzo Grimani). Handel was a prolific composer of the Baroque period. This period is charac-.

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Soon Nero arrives to press his love on her “Coll’ardor del tuo bel core”but she tricks him into hiding as well. He announces that his master is alive “Allegrezza! Agrippina is considered Handel’s first operatic masterpiece; [1] according to Winton Dean it has few rivals for its “sheer freshness of musical invention”.

There have been numerous productions in the 21st century, including a ultramodern staging by director Lillian Groag at the New York City Opera. Between and there were productions of Agrippina in Naples, Hamburg, and Vienna, although Handel himself never revived the opera after its initial run. Dean and Knapp describe this, and Otho’s aria which follows, as “the peak of the opera”.

For instance, in her aria in act 1, “Non ho cor che per amarti”, Agrippina promises Poppaea that deceit will never mar their new friendship, while tricking her into ruining Otho’s chances for the throne. Accent RecordsCat. In Agrippina the da capo aria is the musical form used to illustrate character in the piacerre of the opera.


Composed for the —10 Venice Carnevale season, the opera tells the story of Agrippinathe mother of Neroas she plots the downfall of the Roman Emperor Claudius and the installation of her son as emperor.

Bel Piacere è godere (English translation)

All combine in a triumphal chorus “Di timpani e trombe” as Claudius enters. He points out the range of instruments used for special effects, and writes that “an examination of the score of this air would probably astonish some who think Handel’s orchestration is wanting in variety. Each in turns pays tribute to the Emperor, but Otho is coldly rebuffed as Claudius denounces him as a traitor. She hides Otho in her bedroom with instructions to listen carefully. Retrieved 5 March To prove her point she asks Claudius to pretend to ahndel, then she summons Nero who, thinking Claudius has gone, resumes his passionate handsl of Poppaea.

Retrieved 14 March Agrippina presented at Tully Hall”. Retrieved 20 Habdel Of the main characters, only Otho is not morally contemptible.

But Pallas and Narcissus have by now revealed Agrippina’s original plot to Claudius, so that when Agrippina urges the Emperor to yield the throne to Nero, he accuses her of treachery. Handel’s music illuminates her deceit in the melody and minor modal keywhile a simple, emphasised rhythmic accompaniment hints at clarity and openness. Agrippina obtains the support of her two freedmen, Pallas and Narcissuswho hail Nero as the new Emperor before the Senate.

Retrieved 4 November bandel 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 ongoing Handel revival. Otho himself confirms this and reveals that Claudius has promised him the throne as a mark of gratitude. Retrieved on 18 April Retrieved 4 October This page was last edited on 30 Novemberat In about the British composer Samuel Arnold produced an edition based on early copies; this edition, while it contains errors and inaccuracies, has been called “probably a reasonable reflection of early performances”.


Performances of the work have become ever more common, with innovative handep at the New York City Opera and the London Coliseum in Retrieved from ” https: The B flat fugue G 37 appears as an act II overture along with other instrumental music.

While in Rome, probably through Alessandro Scarlatti, Handel had become acquainted with Cardinal Grimani, [7] a distinguished diplomat who wrote libretti in his spare time, and acted as an unofficial theatrical agent for the Italian royal liacere.

Meanwhile, Agrippina, having lost the support of Pallas and Narcissus, manages to convince Claudius that Otho is still plotting to take the throne.

Agrippina proved extremely popular and established Handel’s international reputation. Otho, as she intended, overhears her and fiercely protests his innocence.

Nero, Pallas, Narcissus, Agrippina “Allegrezza! Challenge RecordsCat. MFOH performance [57]. Views Read Edit View history. Thomas HengelbrockBalthasar Neumann Ensemble.