In some respects, Agrippina
reads like Gibbon's Decline and Fall crossed with the anti-Jacobin fiction being published in the last years of the century, but this seemingly odd combination is a deliberate literary choice, as Hamilton makes clear.
When you're hanging on every note, an opera such as Agrippina
blows by in a flash.
was the mother of the Roman emperor Nero and wife of the emperor Claudius .
Tailored for Venice's Teatro San Giovanni Grisostomo in 1709 to a libretto attributed to Cardinal Vincenzo Grimani, Agrippina
was not so much a three-act opera seria mingling fiction with historical fact as it was a satire on ancient Roman mores.
Wood's biographies are all generally well done, particularly the one about Agrippina
His most plangent arias come at serene moments in the eye of the storm (Agrippina
; Ottone), when characters grope for meaning and stability as their world flies apart in a centrifuge of bad luck, bad company, and bad timing.
Nero's rise to power began when his widowed mother, Agrippina
, conspired to marry her powerful uncle, the emperor Claudius and convinced him to adopt Nero.
Only then can we see that the glory of conquering Britain rested, not on its resources, real or imagined, but on its location on the borders of Ocean, the great river that surrounds the world; only then can we measure the artfulness of Caesar and Tacitus in depicting their heroes as good rulers in traditional Roman terms, or understand the ambivalence about the refinements of civilisation that informs Tacitus' accounts of pacification or the presentation of Boudica and other British queens in the image of Cleopatra or domineering imperial wives like Agrippina
The last facsimile given from the Elisabethanaum is dated 1764: it shows that a male preserve that had once witnessed the lurid and sultry tragedies of Cleopatra, Agrippina
, and Mariamne had fallen: Frau Gottsched's tragedy Panthea now held the stage.
(Three or four hours of Nero's reign were more deadly to the Roman Empire than the entire life of Agrippina
, his mother.)
He also composed the comedy Le Pedant joue ( The Pedant Tricked, 1654) and the tragedy La Mort d'Agrippine ( The Death of Agrippina
, 1653), both still recognized as poetic and remarkable works.
Pipeline paraded captain Triza Atuka, setter Jannet Wanja, fast rising Gladys Ekaru, hard hitting Sharon Chepchumba, Naomi Too, Esther Wangeci and libero Agrippina
Kundu to do the duty for the oilers.