Dramma per musica in three acts (1709)

Composer Georg Friedrich Händel · Libretto by Vincenzo Grimani
In Italian with German and English surtitles | New Production

Munich Opera Festival
Sunday, 28. July 2019
06:00 pm – 09:50 pm

Duration est. 3 hours 50 minutes · 1. Teil (est. 06:00 pm - 07:50 pm ) · Interval (est. 07:50 pm - 08:20 pm ) · 2. Teil (est. 08:20 pm - 09:50 pm )

Introductory Event: 05:00 PM

Prices PB

Premiere at 23. July 2019


This performance will be broadcasted live via the internet as part of Staatsoper.TV.

Download Cast List (PDF)
  • Mit freundlicher Unterstützung der

To List of Performances


Musikalische Leitung
Ivor Bolton
Barrie Kosky
Rebecca Ringst
Klaus Bruns
Joachim Klein
Nikolaus Stenitzer

Gianluca Buratto
Alice Coote
Franco Fagioli
Elsa Benoit
Iestyn Davies
Andrea Mastroni
Eric Jurenas
Markus Suihkonen
  • Bayerisches Staatsorchester
To List of Performances


To List of Performances

Learn more

In this breathtaking political thriller, Handel's second composition based on a Nero story and his sixth opera, everything appears at first to be fine on the stage of power: The Roman Emperor Claudius is said to have drowned while returning from his successful campaign against the Britons. His wife Agrippina therefore seizes the moment for Nero, her son from her first marriage, to ascend to the throne. Indeed the librettist Vincenzo Grimani, in ancillary professions also a cardinal and emperor's ambassador at the Vatican, among other positions, turned his experiences at the court of Pope Clemens XI and his precise knowledge of the Annals of Tacitus and Suetonius's De vita Caesarum into a libretto that is not only historically precise, but which also twists and turns with the most diverse watershed moments and chicanery surrounding the Vatican throne, so much that, at the end the question here is practically – are there winners, losers and a lieto fine, or happy end, here at all? Director Barrie Kosky sums up: "This opera shows what the best operas are made of – a combination of eroticism and power."


To List of Performances


Ivor Bolton studierte am Royal College of Music und am National Opera Studio in London. Anschließend war er Musikdirektor der English Touring Opera, der Glyndebourne Touring Opera und des Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Gastdirigate führten ihn u. a. nach Wien, Zürich, Frankfurt, Paris, London, New York, Amsterdam, Dresden, Leipzig und Barcelona sowie zu den Festspielen in Glyndebourne, Aix-en-Provence und seit 2000 jährlich nach Salzburg. Von 2004 bis 2016 war er Chefdirigent des Mozarteum-Orchesters Salzburg. Derzeit ist er musikalischer Leiter des Dresdner Festspielorchesters, seit 2015 außerdem Musikdirektor am Teatro Real in Madrid und seit 2016 Chefdirigent des Sinfonieorchesters Basel. (Stand: 2019)

To List of Performances