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ICO’s Agrippina at the Lime Tree Theatre



Pictured Above: Opera singers Anna Devin, Alan Ewing, Máire Flavin, Padraic Rowan.

The Irish Chamber Orchestra looks forward to its first collaboration with Irish Youth Opera and Northern Ireland Opera in association with the Lime Tree Theatre in presenting a libretto full of intrigue, deception and humorous escapades – scintillatingly set to music – Handel’s Agrippina is a real gem!

An incredibly exciting creative team features award-winning baroque conductor Jonathan Cohen, NI Opera’s Artistic Director Oliver Mears and acclaimed Irish designer Annemarie Woods. IYO’s Agrippina cast is brimming with the very best of Irish singers, some of whom make their full-scale professional operatic debut in this production.

In an Irish premiere production, the IYO, the NYO along with the Irish Chamber Orchestra bring Handel’s stunningly beautiful masterpiece to Limerick (Tues 8 Sept) before touring to Galway (Thurs 10), Dublin (Sat & Sun 12&13) and Armagh (Sat 19). It will be performed in an English translation originally prepared by Amanda Holden for English National Opera (2007).


Delve into the sordid private lives of some of history’s most notorious figures. Agrippina is the seductive and ambitious wife of Emperor Claudius, who through shocking and often darkly comic machinations, places her volatile teenage son, Nero, on the throne. The saga that ensues is enveloped in glorious melodies, and shows Handel at his most theatrically visceral and his musical best.

“The Irish Chamber Orchestra is very excited by its upcoming first-ever collaboration with Irish Youth Opera on Agrippina, widely regarded as Handel’s first operatic masterpiece,” explained Gerry Keenan of ICO. “The ICO is very committed to working with rising young talent and fosters every opportunity to develop and nurture young performers across the genres.”

Don’t miss Agrippina on tour!

The Irish Chamber Orchestra is resident at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick and is funded by The Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.

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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.