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Handel's

Agrippina
韓德爾 《阿格里皮娜》

7 November 2021 (SUN) 3:15pm, Emperor Cinemas  (Entertainment Building, Central)
2021年 11月7日 (星期日) 下午3時15分,英皇戲院(中環娛樂行)

11 December 2021 (SAT) 3:15 pm, Premiere Elements
2021年 12月11日 (星期六) 下午3時15分, Premiere Elements

12 December 2021 (SAT) 3:00pm, K11 Art House
2021年 12月12日 (星期六) 下午3時正,K11 Art House

Expected running Time: 3Hrs 56Mins  
演出約3小時56分鐘

Sung in Italian with English subtitles
以意大利語演出附英文字幕

AGRIPPINA
  JOYCE DIDONATO

POPPEA
  BRENDA RAE

NERONE
  KATE LINDSEY

OTTONE
  IESTYN DAVIES

PALLANTE
  DUNCAN ROCK

CLAUDIO
  MATTHEW ROSE

CONDUCTOR Harry Bicket

PRODUCTION Sir David McVicar

SET AND COSTUME DESIGNER John Macfarlane

LIGHTING DESIGNER Paule Constable

CHOREOGRAPHER Andrew George

Act I
When Agrippina, wife of the Roman emperor Claudio, receives news of her husband’s death, she wastes no time in ensuring that Nerone, her son by a previous marriage, succeeds him. Prepared to go to any lengths to achieve her ends, she sends separately for Pallante and Narciso, of whose passion for her she is fully aware. She promises each of them in turn that she will reciprocate their love if they will proclaim Nerone as Claudio’s successor.

Her scheme is thwarted when Claudio’s servant Lesbo announces that the emperor’s life has been saved by Ottone, the commander of the army. When Ottone reaches the city, he declares that Claudio has rewarded his bravery by nominating him as his successor; but in a private conversation with Agrippina, he reveals that he loves Poppea more than the throne.

Agrippina now devises a fresh intrigue to secure the throne for Nerone. Aware that Claudio also desires Poppea, Agrippina tells Poppea that Ottone has betrayed her by yielding her to Claudio in exchange for the imperial throne. Agrippina suggests that, to avenge herself, Poppea must make Claudio jealous and convince him that Ottone, emboldened by his new status, has ordered Poppea to refuse Claudio and return to him: For this, the emperor will punish Ottone. When Claudio arrives, Poppea executes Agrippina’s plan.

Having discovered that Agrippina has deceived them, Pallante and Narciso decide to form an alliance. Ottone enters, apprehensive about the imminent public celebrations. The imperial family arrives, and when Ottone approaches the emperor, Claudio accuses him of treachery. To his increasing dismay, Ottone is shunned by Agrippina, Nerone, and Poppea. 

第一幕
羅馬皇帝克勞狄烏斯之妻阿格里皮娜得知夫君駕崩後,立刻急於確保自己與前夫的兒子尼祿能順利繼位登基。她為達目的不擇手段,先後召見迷戀她的帕蘭迪與納爾西索,各別要求兩人宣告尼祿為克勞狄烏斯的繼位者,還承諾事成後當他們的情人。

克勞狄烏斯的僕人萊斯博帶來新消息,軍隊將領奧托內成功救出皇帝,阿格里皮娜的詭計因此受挫。奧托內抵達城內後宣告,由於他英勇無畏、救駕有功,克勞狄烏斯已命他為自己的繼位者。不過奧托內私下向阿格里皮娜透露,其實他對波佩亞的愛更勝於王位。

阿格里皮娜再度心生詭計,想替尼祿奪下王位。阿格里皮娜知道克勞狄烏斯同樣貪戀波佩亞,於是她欺騙波佩亞,說奧托內是個負心漢,以她與克勞狄烏斯交換王位。阿格里皮娜慫恿波佩亞報復雪恨,先讓克勞狄烏斯心生妒忌,然後再讓克勞狄烏斯相信奧托內成為儲君後得意忘形,竟私命波佩亞拒絕克勞狄烏斯,回到他的身邊。如此一來,皇帝就會懲罰奧托內。克勞狄烏斯到來後,波佩亞便實行阿格里皮娜的計謀。
帕蘭迪與納爾西索自覺遭受阿格里皮娜欺騙,於是兩人決定聯手。奧托內出場,對即將到來的公開慶典感到憂心。皇室成員到來,奧托內迎接克勞狄烏斯皇帝,皇帝卻斥責他謀逆叛主。奧托內接連遭到阿格里皮娜、尼祿與波佩亞冷落,讓他愈發心灰意冷。 


Intermission
中場休息


Act II
Poppea begins to doubt Ottone’s guilt. Seeing him approach, she hides. When he sees her, she reveals to him what Agrippina told her. Ottone protests his innocence. Realizing that she has been a pawn in Agrippina’s plans, Poppea swears to be avenged and hatches a plot involving both Claudio and Nerone, who also desires her.

Ever ambitious, Agrippina has been plotting further to make Nerone emperor. First, she commands Pallante to murder Ottone and Narciso. Then, she asks Narciso to murder Ottone and Pallante. She tells Claudio that Ottone is seeking revenge on him for the loss of the succession and persuades him to suppress Ottone’s dissent by declaring Nerone as heir. Impatient to be with Poppea, Claudio agrees.

Poppea enacts her plan for revenge. She hides Ottone, telling him not to be jealous because of anything he overhears. Nerone arrives, eager to make love to Poppea, but she pretends that Agrippina is expected at any moment and he must therefore hide. Claudio enters, and Poppea complains that he does not truly love her. He reminds her of all that he has done for her, including Ottone’s punishment. At this, Poppea claims that he misunderstood her: It was Nerone, not Ottone, who constantly harassed her. Having hidden Claudio, Poppea calls to Nerone, who resumes his amorous pursuit of her; but Claudio interrupts and dismisses him. Poppea frees herself of Claudio on a pretext, and she and Ottone swear their eternal love.

Nerone recounts his disgrace to Agrippina and begs her to protect him from Claudio’s rage. Dismayed by all the treachery, Pallante and Narciso reveal Agrippina’s conspiracy to the emperor. When confronted by Claudio, Agrippina realizes that her schemes are now in jeopardy. She claims that she acted only in Rome’s best interests and accuses him of paying undue attention to Poppea. When Agrippina reveals that Ottone loves Poppea, Claudio lays the blame for his actions on Nerone, whom he commands to marry Poppea, and names Ottone as his successor. But Ottone renounces the throne in order to reclaim Poppea. Endorsing this exchange, Claudio nominates Nerone as his heir. Agrippina’s ambition for her son has finally come to fruition. 

第二幕
波佩亞開始懷疑奧托內是否真的對不起她。她見到奧托內接近便躲了起來,直到奧托內發現後,波佩亞才向他轉述阿格里皮娜的指控。奧托內堅稱自身清白,波佩亞這才明白自己成為阿格里皮娜實現詭計的工具。她發誓此仇必報,於是策劃出牽涉克勞狄烏斯與尼祿這兩位愛慕者的計策。

阿格里皮娜滿腹野心,繼續想方設法要讓尼祿稱帝。首先她命令帕蘭迪殺害奧托內與納爾西索,接著要求納爾西索殺害奧托內與帕蘭迪。她向克勞狄烏斯進讒言,說奧托內痛失繼承權後想向他尋仇,力勸他封尼祿為繼位者,好讓奧托內歸順死心。克勞狄烏斯迫不及待想要得到波佩亞,於是便同意這個要求。

波佩亞展開報復計畫。她先讓奧托內躲起來,並囑咐他不論偷聽到什麼話都不要產生忌妒之心。接著尼祿現身,連忙向波佩亞示愛。可是波佩亞謊稱阿格里皮娜隨時會出現,要尼祿務必躲起來。然後克勞狄烏斯來到,波佩亞埋怨克勞狄烏斯並非真心愛她,克勞狄烏斯細數自己為她所作的一切,包括懲罰奧托內。此時波佩亞說克勞狄烏斯誤會了,對她騷擾不斷的人不是奧托內,而是尼祿。波佩亞要克勞狄烏斯躲起來,接著喚尼祿出來。尼祿繼續對她求愛,克勞狄烏斯見狀出面制止,將他趕走。最後波佩亞藉故擺脫克勞狄烏斯,並發誓會與奧托內長相廝守。

尼祿受辱後向阿格里皮娜訴苦,懇求母后保護他不受盛怒父王的懲處。皇后的詭計多端讓帕蘭迪和納爾西索感到焦慮,於是他們便向皇帝告發其陰謀。等到克勞狄烏斯質問阿格里皮娜,她發現自己的計謀即將功虧一簣。她聲稱自己是為羅馬謀求最大利益,並責備克勞狄烏斯不該貪慕波佩亞。阿格里皮娜透露奧托內已愛上波佩亞,克勞狄烏斯則將他的行為歸咎於尼祿,命令尼祿迎娶波佩亞並將奧托內任命為繼位者。不過奧托內卻願意用王位換取波佩亞,而克勞狄烏斯同意這場交易,便將尼祿任命為繼位者。至此,阿格里皮娜為兒謀求王位的野心大計終於開花結果。

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