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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Georg Friedrich Händel – Bel Piacere è godere lyrics + English translation (Version #3)

He applied himself to the composition of cantatas and oratorios ; at that time there was little difference apart from increasing length between cantata, oratorio and opera, all based on the alternation of secco recitative and aria da capo. Claudius suddenly reappears and angrily dismisses the crestfallen Nero. It was performed by Kent Opera with the conductor, Ivan Fischer, making his debut with the company and the orchestra playing on baroque instruments.

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.

Stylistically, Agrippina follows the standard pattern of the era by alternating recitative and da capo arias. In this performance the alto role of Otho, composed for a woman, was changed into a bass accompanied by English horns”with calamitous effects on the delicate balance and texture of the score”, according to Winton Dean.

When Claudius arrives at Poppaea’s house she denounces what she believes is Otho’s treachery. CCDVD performance [58]. Grimani’s libretto centres on Agrippina, a character who does not appear in Monteverdi’s darker version.

Composed for the —10 Venice Carnevale season, the opera tells the story of Agrippinathe mother of Neroas she plots the downfall of the Roman Emperor Claudius and the installation of her son as emperor.


Giuseppe Maria Boschi [26]. Handel composed Agrippina at the end of a three-year sojourn in Italy. Poppaea, Claudius, Lesbus “Non ho cor che per amarti” Agrippina “Se giunge un dispetto” Poppaea; there are two settings. Some analysts believe that it reflects Grimani’s political and diplomatic rivalry with Pope Clement XI. This, Agrippina believes, will make Claudius revoke his promise to Otho of the throne. Quoted in Brown, p. In Barenreiter published Hellmuth Christian Wolff ‘s edition, prepared for the Halle revival and reflecting the casting of basses for Otto and Narcissus, even when they sing what would otherwise be the alto part in the last chorus.

After Claudius departs, Poppaea brings Otho out of hiding and the two express their everlasting love in separate arias.

At the palace, Nero tells Agrippina of his troubles and decides to renounce love for political ambition “Come nube che fugge dal vento”. Agrippina obtains the support of her two freedmen, Pallas and Narcissuswho hail Nero as the new Emperor before the Senate. Agrippina advises Poppaea to turn the tables on Otho by telling the Emperor that Otho has ordered her to refuse Claudius’s attentions.

Modern critical opinion is that Agrippina is Handel’s first operatic masterpiece, full of freshness and musical invention which have made it one of the most popular operas of the ongoing Handel revival.

Performances of the work have become ever more common, with innovative stagings at the New York City Opera and the London Coliseum in A manuscript from the s known as the “Flower score” is described by Dean as “a miscellany in haphazard order”. She then claims that her efforts to secure the throne for Habdel had all along been a ruse to safeguard the throne for Claudius “Se vuoi pace”.

Retrieved on 18 April Grimani’s libretto, considered one of the best that Handel set, is an “anti-heroic satirical comedy”, [1] full of topical political allusions. She piaceer a plan and when Otho approaches her, she pretends to talk in her sleep recounting what Agrippina has told her earlier. Agrippina, aware that Claudius ebl loves Poppaea, sees a new opportunity of furthering her ambitions for Nero. Each in turns pays tribute to the Emperor, but Otho is coldly rebuffed as Claudius denounces him as a traitor.


Deanp. Nicholas McGeganCapella Savaria. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. He first settled in Florence where he piacerf introduced to Alessandro and Domenico Scarlatti. Handel’s Dark Comedy of Passion and Intrigue. Poppaea bdl 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 B flat fugue G 37 appears as an act II overture along with other instrumental music. He announces that his master is alive “Allegrezza! The situations in which they find themselves are sometimes comic, but never farcical—like Mozart in the Da Ponte operas, Handel avoids laughing piacee his characters. Observers praised the quality of the music—much of which, in keeping with the contemporary custom, had been borrowed and adapted from other works, including the works of other composers.

But Pallas and Hnadel have by now revealed Agrippina’s original plot to Claudius, so that when Agrippina urges the Emperor to yield the throne to Nero, he accuses her of treachery.

Bel Piacere è godere (English translation)

Accent RecordsCat. Thomas HengelbrockBalthasar Neumann Ensemble. Variants from the libretto are also noted. In other projects Wikimedia Commons.