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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Composed for the —10 Venice Carnevale season, the opera tells the story of Agrippinathe mother of Bslas she plots the downfall of the Roman Emperor Claudius and the installation of her son as emperor. Agrippina obtains the support of her two freedmen, Pallas and Narcissuswho hail Nero as the new Emperor before the Senate.

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

Two of the main male roles, Nero and Narcissus, were written for castratithe “superstars of their day” in Italian opera. Water Music Music for the Royal Fireworks. Problems playing this file? The New York Times.


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Retrieved on 18 April When Claudius arrives at Poppaea’s house she denounces what she believes is Otho’s treachery. Nicholas McGeganCapella Savaria. Claudius agrees, believing that this will enable him to jandel Poppaea. Some analysts believe that it reflects Grimani’s political and diplomatic rivalry with Pope Clement XI. However, Poppaea is touched by her former beloved’s grief, and wonders if he might not be innocent “Bella pur nel mio diletto”.

In the 20th century Agrippina was revived in Germany and premiered in Britain and America. Soon Nero arrives to press his love on her “Coll’ardor del tuo bel core”but she tricks him into hiding as well.

Performances of the work have become ever more common, with innovative stagings at the New York City Opera and the London Coliseum in Felicity Palmer took the title role.

After Claudius departs, Poppaea brings Otho out of hiding and the two express their everlasting love in separate arias. Three early manuscript copies, probably dating fromare held in Vienna ; one of these may have been a gift from Grimani to the future Emperor Charles VI. This production, revived inwas described by The New York Times critic as “odd Stylistically, Agrippina hanfel the standard pattern of the era by alternating recitative and da capo arias.

Poppaea swears revenge “Ingannata una sol volta”, alternate aria “Pur punir chi m’ha ingannata” but is distracted when Nero comes forward and declares his love for her. The situations in which they piaceree themselves are sometimes comic, but never farcical—like Mozart in the Da Ponte operas, Handel avoids laughing at his characters.


Agrippina proved extremely popular and established Handel’s international reputation.

Agrippina, aware that Claudius also loves Poppaea, sees a new opportunity of furthering her ambitions for Nero. Grimani’s libretto is based on much the same story used as the subject of Monteverdi ‘s opera L’incoronazione di Poppea. Thomas HengelbrockBalthasar Neumann Ensemble. George Frideric Handel’s lost Hamburg operas List of operas. She devises a plan and when Otho approaches her, she pretends to talk hanel her sleep recounting what Agrippina has told her earlier.

While in Rome, probably through Alessandro Scarlatti, Handel had become acquainted with Cardinal Grimani, [7] a distinguished piacede who wrote libretti in his spare time, and acted as an unofficial theatrical agent for the Italian royal courts. In the opera returned to Venice, for a performance under Christopher Hogwood at the Teatro Malibran.

Bel Piacere è godere (English translation)

Otho, as she intended, overhears her and fiercely protests his innocence. Agrippina presented at Tully Hall”. Views Read Edit View history. Retrieved 17 April Handel’s music illuminates her deceit in the melody and minor modal keywhile a simple, emphasised rhythmic accompaniment hints at clarity and openness.