On tour: Handel’s Agrippina

Continuing our relationship with il pomo d’oro, this month sees the ensemble travel across Europe for six concert performances of Handel’s Agrippina, under its Chief Conductor Maxim Emelyanychev.

Samantha Hankey © Dario Acosta

Joined by a world-class line-up of soloists including Joyce DiDonato (who makes her role debut in the title role), Franco Fagioli, Andrea Mastroni, Xavier Sabata and Luca Pisaroni, the tour will travel to Luxembourg, Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, London and Turku. The young American mezzo Samantha Hankey will make her debut with the ensemble singing the title role in Turku.

Speaking to us ahead of the tour, il pomo d’oro co-founder Giulio d’Alessio described Agrippina as “a remarkably modern opera,” and a work that is very much still relevant today. Written over 200 years ago, “[it] is a satire of the corruption that power brings to society,” and of those in power who will go to great lengths to achieve even more. “Ironically,” Giulio adds, “the opera is on tour through Europe in the same month as the European Parliamentary elections will be held.”

Characterised by an authentic, dynamic interpretation of operas and instrumental works from the Baroque and Classical period, il pomo d’oro regularly collaborates with leading vocalists and instrumentalists. Prominent collaborations include: Joyce DiDonato’s ground-breaking album and concert experience In War & Peace: In Harmony Through Music, which has already been toured to 29 cities; Handel’s Serse with Franco Fagioli in the title role and Andrea Mastroni as Ariodate; and the world premiere recording of Leonardo Vinci’s Catone in Utica, also with Franco Fagioli.


Agrippina: Joyce DiDonato (Samantha Hankey, Turku)
Claudio: Luca Pisaroni (Gianluca Buratto, Paris /  Renato Dolcini, Madrid)
Poppea: Elsa Benoit
Nerone: Franco Fagioli
Ottone: Xavier Sabata
Pallante: Andrea Mastroni
Narciso: Carlo Vistoli (Jakub Józef Orliński, Turku)
Lesbo: Biago Pizzuti

Tour dates

14 May, Philharmonie Luxembourg
16 May, Teatro Real, Madrid
18 May, Liceu, Barcelona
29 May, Theatre des Champs-Elysees, Paris
31 May, Barbican Centre, London
2 June, Turku Concert Hall, Turku

il pomo d’oro, Maxim Emelyanychev and French cellist Edgar Moreau will also perform a concert at Barbican’s Milton Court Concert Hall on 1 June 2019.

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