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    Handel's Agrippina

    Presented by at Citi Shubert Theatre

    March 11 - March 22, 2011


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    Handel's Agrippina

    Agrippina wants her rotten son to be the emperor of Rome. What's a mother to do? She promises anything to everyone standing in her way: Nero himself, an ambitious courtesan, a general, a couple of fawning sycophants, and half the Roman Senate. Also her husband, current emperor Claudius. The numbers are staggering. No, really. Handel's music soars. Come delight in his fresh musical invention and some crazy, hothouse humanity.

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    Agrippina wants her rotten son to be the emperor of Rome. What's a mother to do? She promises anything to everyone standing in her way: Nero himself, an ambitious courtesan, a general, a couple of fawning sycophants, and half the Roman Senate. Also her husband, current emperor Claudius. The numbers are staggering. No, really. Handel's music soars. Come delight in his fresh musical invention and some crazy, hothouse humanity.


     


    Citi Shubert Theatre

    265 Tremont Street
    Boston, MA 02116

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    Admission Info:

    Tickets start at $34.


    General Day and Time Info:

    Performance dates are March 11, 13m, 16, 18, 20m, 22, 2011


    3pm Sunday matinees. All other performances 7:30pm.


    phone: 866.348.9738


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    • Event Name: Handel's Agrippina
      Article: Boston Lyric Opera handles Handel with aplomb
      Boston Herald - Mar 15, 2011
      By Keith Powers

      Handel is rolling over in his grave. And audiences are loving it.

      Boston Lyric Opera set the great composer’s “Agrippina” on its...
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      Handel is rolling over in his grave. And audiences are loving it.

      Boston Lyric Opera set the great composer’s “Agrippina” on its head Friday evening at the Shubert Theatre, staging a slapstick take on the seriocomic opera that nearly drowned its terrific singing and playing in a sea of sight-gags and goofy exchanges.

      Let’s face it, Handel asked for it. Anyone who creates a bedroom farce of an opera based on the prehistory of Nero — “Agrippina” details his mother’s attempt to place the burning fiddler on the Roman throne, long before he became the Hitler of his day — begs to be sent up. And that’s just what the BLO did, realizing director Lillian Groag’s thoroughly comedic genius.
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    • Event Name: Handel's Agrippina
      Article: Don’t miss this one, under any circumstances!
      EDGE Boston - Mar 15, 2011
      By Ed Tapper

      Having only last month mounted The Emperor of Atlantis, a dark, spare opera composed in the horrific confines of a Nazi concentration camp, Boston...
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      Having only last month mounted The Emperor of Atlantis, a dark, spare opera composed in the horrific confines of a Nazi concentration camp, Boston Lyric Opera is now transporting us to the glittering, sumptuous Baroque opera stage. Their vehicle is Handel’s 1709 Agrippina, the composer’s first, full-blown Italian opera. Could the company successfully shift gears, and bring off a work of such complexity and virtuosity? The answer is a resounding yes! And BLO’s gamble has proven one of their greatest triumphs in recent seasons.

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