ROCKLAND — The 2019 - 2020 Metropolitan Opera’s Live-in-HD season of broadcasts from Lincoln Center to the Strand Theatre continues Saturday, Feb. 29, at 1 p.m., with a simulcast of Agrippina.
An Encore broadcast will be presented on Tuesday, March 10, at 1 p.m.
Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato stars as the controlling, power-hungry Agrippina in this Met premiere of Handel’s tale of intrigue and impropriety in ancient Rome. Sir David McVicar’s production ingeniously reframes the action of this black comedy about the abuse of power to “the present,” where it should loudly resonate, according to the Strand, in a news release.
The all-star cast features mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey as Agrippina’s son and future emperor Nerone, soprano Brenda Rae as the seductive Poppea, countertenor Iestyn Davies as the ambitious officer Ottone, and bass Matthew Rose as the weary emperor Claudius. Harry Bicket conducts.
Agrippina premiered at the Teatro San Giovanni Crisostomo, Venice, in 1709. This early Italian opera of Handel was a success that secured the composer’s international reputation and played a large role in paving the way for his lucrative and high-profile subsequent career in London, according to Strand. While he continued to develop artistically for the next 50 years, his entire life’s genius is perfectly evident in this first great operatic accomplishment. Even today, the issues at stake in Agrippina—the power plays, sexual politics, and cults of personality played out against a fickle public – continue to resonate.
Estimated Run Time: 3h 45min, with one intermission.
This production of Agrippina includes some suggestive adult content which may not be suitable for young audiences.
Tickets: $27/Adults, $15/Students 18 and under, and college students with ID; available at www.rocklandstrand.com or (207) 594-0070.
Encore show tickets available day-of-show: $23/Adults; $20/Strand members; $5/Students 18 and under, and college students with ID.
The Strand Theatre is located at 345 Main Street in Rockland.