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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The date of Agrippina ‘ s first performance, about which there was at one time some uncertainty, has been confirmed by a manuscript newsletter as 26 December Soon Nero arrives to press his love on her “Coll’ardor del piacerre bel core”but she tricks him into hiding as well. It was performed by Kent Opera with the conductor, Ivan Fischer, making his debut with the company and the orchestra playing on baroque instruments.

Nicholas McGeganCapella Savaria.

Bel Piacere è godere (English translation)

Antonio Francesco Carli [28]. However, Poppaea is touched by her former beloved’s grief, and wonders if he might not be innocent “Bella pur nel mio diletto”. She then claims that her efforts to secure the throne for Nero had all along been a ruse to safeguard the throne for Ipacere “Se vuoi pace”. Sawyer, “among the most convincing of all the composer’s dramatic works”.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. 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. Agrippina presented at Tully Hall”. Retrieved 11 March Handel’s autograph score survives, with the Sinfonia and first recitatives missing, but is shows significant differences from the libretto, due to changes made for the first performances.

Felicity Bdl took the title role. Claudius believes her; nevertheless, when Poppaea, Otho, and Nero arrive, Claudius announces that Nero and Poppaea will marry, and that Otho shall have the throne.

Between and there were productions of Agrippina in Naples, Hamburg, and Vienna, although Handel himself never revived the opera after its initial run.

Thomas HengelbrockBalthasar Neumann Ensemble.

No one is satisfied with this arrangement, as their desires have all changed, so Claudius in a spirit of reconciliation reverses his judgement, giving Poppaea to Otho and the throne to Nero. Agrippina proved extremely popular and established Handel’s international reputation.


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Problems playing this file? 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”.

Each in turns pays tribute to the Emperor, but Otho is coldly rebuffed as Claudius denounces him as a traitor. 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.

She goes to Poppaea and tells her, falsely, that Otho has struck a bargain with Claudius whereby he, Otho, gains the throne but gives Poppaea to Claudius. Handdel hearing that her husband, the Emperor Claudiushas died in a storm at sea, Agrippina plots to secure the throne for Neroher son by a previous marriage. He announces that his master is alive “Allegrezza!

Challenge RecordsCat. To prove her point she asks Claudius to pretend to leave, then she summons Nero who, thinking Claudius has gone, resumes his passionate wooing of Poppaea. Deanp. Dean and Knapp describe this, and Otho’s aria which follows, as “the peak of the opera”. For instance, in her aria piacer act 1, “Non ho cor che per amarti”, Agrippina promises Poppaea that deceit will never uandel their new friendship, while tricking her into ruining Otho’s chances for the throne.

Georg Friedrich Händel – Bel Piacere è godere lyrics + English translation (Version #3)

For handeo 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. He first settled in Florence where he was introduced to Alessandro and Domenico Scarlatti.

Grimani’s libretto, considered one of the best that Handel set, is an “anti-heroic satirical comedy”, [1] full of topical political allusions.

Three early manuscript bbel, probably dating fromare held in Vienna hanvel one of these may have been a gift from Grimani to the future Emperor Charles VI. Otho arrives, nervous about his forthcoming coronation “Coronato il crin d’alloro”followed by Agrippina, Nero and Poppaea, who have come to greet Claudius.

This production, revived inwas described by The New York Times critic as “odd With the Senate’s assent, Agrippina and Nero begin to ascend the throne, but the ceremony is interrupted by the entrance of Claudius’s servant Lesbus. While in Rome, probably through Alessandro Scarlatti, Handel had become acquainted with Piaccere Grimani, [7] a distinguished diplomat who wrote libretti in his spare time, and acted as an unofficial theatrical agent for the Italian royal courts.


In Barenreiter published Hellmuth Christian Wolff ‘s edition, prepared for handep Halle revival and reflecting the casting of basses for Otto and Narcissus, even when they sing what would otherwise be the alto part in the last chorus.

A manuscript from the s known as the “Flower score” is described by Dean as “a miscellany in haphazard order”. Nero, Pallas, Narcissus, Agrippina “Allegrezza!

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Poppaea now plans some deceit of her own, in an effort to divert Claudius’s wrath from Otho with whom she has now reconciled. 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. He applied himself to the composition of cantatas and oratorios ; at that time there was little difference apart from increasing length between cantata, oratorio and opera, all based on the alternation of secco recitative and aria da capo.

The New Penguin Opera Guide describes it as one of the best Handel ever set, and praises the “light touch” with which the characters are vividly portrayed. Agrippina is an unscrupulous schemer; Nero, while not yet the monster he would become, is pampered and hypocritical; Claudius is pompous, complacent, and something of a buffoon, while Poppaea, the first of Handel’s sex kittens, is also a liar and a flirt.

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.

Some analysts believe that it reflects Grimani’s political and diplomatic rivalry with Pope Clement XI. When Claudius arrives at Poppaea’s house she denounces what she believes is Otho’s treachery. It proved an immediate success and an unprecedented series of 27 consecutive performances followed. Grimani’s libretto is full of ironywhich Handel reflects in the music. He convinces Poppaea that Agrippina has deceived her. Retrieved on 18 April