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Met Live in HD: Handel’s Agrippina

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Imagine a world in which the Roman Empire didn't end. The opera tells the story of Agrippina, Nero's mother, who plots the downfall of the Roman Emperor Claudius and the installation of her son as emperor.

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. Harry Bicket conducts star mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato as the controlling, power-hungry Agrippina, 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.

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