Tuesday July 14, 2020

Young singers get to grips with Agrippina

How is it that Georg Frideric Handel’s operas, buried in apathy for over 250 years, now grab attention in the 21st century?

15th August, 2015
Anna Devin plays Poppea in Irish Youth Opera’s production of Handel’s Agrippina Fran Marshall

Perhaps it is because his works, almost alone in a mostly redundant baroque repertoire, have endured through an equilibrium of dramatic vigour and emotional depth. Or maybe it’s that his plots, dated and mired in mythology, resonate convincingly with modern issues when explored with a contemporary eye. Or maybe it’s just that Handel’s magical music, bestowed so generously and effortlessly – is the real clincher.

Whatever the answer, the...

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