Handel's Agrippina from the Flemish Opera

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Ann Hallenberg as the title character in Handel's <em>Agrippina</em> from the Flemish Opera.

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Handel's Italian operas made him the toast of London long before his famous English oratorios caught the public's ear. Agrippina is named for Nero's shrewd and savvy mother, without whom the infamous emperor could never have fiddled while Rome burned.

Cast:

Conductor: Paul McCreesh

Agrippina: Ann Hallenberg (mezzo-soprano)

Cladius: Umberto Chiummo (bass)

Nero: Renata Pokupić (soprano)

Poppea: Elena Tsallagova (soprano)

Ottone: Kristina Hammarström (mezzo-soprano)

Pallante: João Fernandes (bass)

Narcissus: José Lemos (countertenor)

Lesbo: Gevork Grigoruan (bass)

Flemish Opera Orchestra and Chorus