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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No one is satisfied with this arrangement, as their desires have all changed, so Hancel in a spirit of reconciliation reverses his judgement, giving Poppaea to Otho and the throne to Nero. After Claudius departs, Poppaea brings Otho out of hiding and the two express their everlasting love in separate arias.

She devises a plan and when Otho placere her, she pretends to talk in her sleep recounting what Agrippina has told her earlier. Agrippina advises Poppaea to turn the tables on Otho by telling the Emperor that Otho has ordered her to refuse Claudius’s attentions. Then Claudius enters; Poppaea tells him that he had earlier misunderstood her: Retrieved 20 October In other projects Wikimedia Commons.

Observers praised the quality of the music—much of which, in keeping with the contemporary custom, had been borrowed and adapted from other works, including the works of other composers. Archived from the original on October piacsre, Agrippina presented at Tully Hall”.

Two of the main male roles, Nero and Narcissus, were written for castratithe “superstars of their day” in Italian opera. Handel made more use than was then usual of orchestral accompaniment in arias, but in other respects Agrippina is broadly typical of an older operatic tradition.


In this performance the alto role of Otho, composed for a woman, was changed into a bass accompanied by English horns”with calamitous effects on the delicate balance and texture of the score”, according to Winton Dean. A manuscript from the s known as the “Flower score” is described by Dean as “a miscellany in haphazard order”. It was performed by Kent Opera with the conductor, Ivan Fischer, making his debut with the company and the orchestra playing on baroque instruments.

His settings sometimes illustrate both the surface meaning, as characters attempt to deceive each other, and the hidden truth.

Bel Piacere è godere (English translation)

Otho, as she intended, overhears her and fiercely protests his innocence. Claudius agrees, believing that this will enable him to win Poppaea. He convinces Poppaea that Agrippina has deceived her.

Sawyer, “among the most convincing of all the composer’s dramatic works”. London Evening Standard, 6 February Claudius departs in fury, be, Agrippina cynically consoles Poppaea by declaring that their friendship will never be broken by deceit “Non ho cor che per amarti”.

However, Poppaea is touched by her former beloved’s grief, and wonders if he might not be innocent “Bella pur nel mio diletto”. Pallas and Narcissus realize that Agrippina has tricked them into supporting Nero and decide to have no more to do with her.

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She then claims that her efforts to secure the throne for Nero had all along been a ruse to safeguard the throne for Claudius “Se vuoi pace”. Dean and Knapp describe this, and Otho’s aria which follows, as “the peak of the opera”.

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 piaacere of the ongoing Handel revival.

Handel’s earliest opera compositions, in the German styledate from his Hamburg years, —06, under the influence of Johann Mattheson. Retrieved 5 March Handel’s Dark Comedy of Passion and Intrigue. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Quoted in Brown, p. Agrippina is frustrated, until Otho secretly confides to her that he loves the beautiful Poppaea more than he desires the throne. It is based on the version, with ballet music borrowed from Rodrigo, and contains two appendices with added and reconstructed music as well as deleted versions from the autograph.


This production, revived inwas described by The New York Times critic as “odd Otho himself confirms this and reveals that Claudius has promised him the throne as a mark of gratitude.

For the most part the arias are brief, there are only two short ensembles, and in the quartet and the trio the voices are not heard together.

Poppaea now plans some deceit of her own, in an effort to divert Claudius’s wrath from Otho with whom she has now reconciled.

The situations in which they find themselves are sometimes comic, but never farcical—like Mozart in the Da Ponte operas, Handel avoids laughing at his characters. According to John MainwaringHandel’s first biographer, Agrippina was composed in the three weeks following Handel’s arrival in Venice in Novembera theory supported by the autograph manuscript’s Venetian paper.

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 courts.