Barber Opera - Porpora's L'Agrippina
- The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
- Arts and Law, Performance
Thursday 21 and Saturday 23 September, 7pm
Sunday 24 September, 3pm
Daisy Evans Director
Andrew Kirkman Conductor
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 earliest 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 Daisy Evans, with a cast of some of Europe's finest early opera singers, a newly-commissioned multi-media visual design, and featuring the baroque orchestra of the Musical and Amicable Society. L'Agrippina is conducted by Professor Andrew Kirkman, Director and founder of The Binchois Consort.
Venue: Barber Concert Hall, Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Admission: £25, £20 concessions, £15 Barber Association, £5 students/under 18s. (Available from the Barber website or by calling +44 (0)121 414 7333)