Agrippina at Boston Lyric Opera9:45, 12th February 2013
Agrippina opens tonight at Boston Lyric Opera, starring Caroline Worra as Handel’s anti-heroine in a production first staged by Glimmerglass and New York City Opera.
The Grammy-nominated soprano is expected to take on Handel’s portrait of an arch female power-monger and manipulative mother with the same compelling confidence that characterised her performances as Elettra in BLO’s Idomeneo last year.
A specialist of Handel and Mozart as well as C20th and C21st opera, Worra says that she particularly loves less well-known works because “audiences don’t come to the theatre with pre-conceived notions about what they are about to see and hear.”
“Handel opera,” she explains, “is a truly unique experience, as the ornaments are never the same twice. It’s like a jazz improvisation, which happens live in the moment for that particular audience on that particular night – anything can happen!”
Agrippina runs from 11–22 March at the Citi Performing Arts Center, Boston.