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“Agrippina” begins with stillness. Someone is in a very large bed, wrapped in a sheet. The room is tranquil, everything is in order and the marble floor radiates coolness, heat and Italy. The baroque music begins, and slowly the moment breaks when you realize that there is more than one person in the bed.
The next two hours are a lusciously seductive tale of cunning, deceit and sexual power. The opera reminds the viewer that reckless ambitions, the lust for control and the inevitable loss of innocence are, and have always been, recipes for gripping tales.