That’s how director Bruno Ravella envisaged the final opera in the 2015 Iford Festival, with Alinka Kozari in the title role done up like Joan-Collins-as-Alexis, her rival Poppea (Louise Kemeny) designer-clad for the gym, and Nerone (the joyously boyish Ciara Hendrick) all punky teenage attitude.
Like so many of Handel’s operas, the plot is labyrinthine and the music sometimes achingly beautiful.
Here the wronged and loving Ottone (rising star countertenor and former Wells Cathedral Music School pupil Rupert Enticknap) gets the poignant arias, leaving Agrippina and Poppea with the fireworks – and magnificently they set them off.
With the excellent Iford Baroque orchestra under the baton of Christopher Bucknall, this was a production to be cherished.
Photographs by Rob Coles