Georg Friedrich Händel's Agrippina, a political tale with lots of sexual maniplation thrown in for good measure, all within the background of ancient Rome and a riviting score makes for good opera. One of our favorite young, American mezzo sopranos, Jennifer Rivera (not to be confused with the Mexican pop star who made a steamy secks tape), has freshly arrived in Berlin and is preparing for Agrippina, where she'll be singing the role of Nerone at the Staatsoper in February. In her frank and self-depricating voice that she pulls off so well, Jennifer reflects from the intensive, no mercy, Händel-heavy reshearsals and dares: "Handel's totally gonna be my b1tch by the time this is all over." Awesome. Sounds like something out of a '90s action movie.
In a new production by Vincent Boussard and costumes by Christian Lacroix, Rivera will share the stage with Maestro René Jacobs, and Alexandrina Pendatchanska as Agrippina, the Bulgarian soprano that takes no prisoners and will steamroll you with her sheer vocal power.