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Lincoronazione di Poppea

L'incoronazione di Poppea

Claudio Monteverdi / Monteverdi Choir / English Baroque Soloists / John Eliot Gardiner / Elsa Rooke

Monteverdi’s most sensuous and most scandalous work turns morality on its head in a compelling mix of high comedy and dark tragedy.

English Baroque Soloists
Monteverdi Choir
Sir John Eliot Gardiner Conductor
Elsa Rooke Director

Monteverdi L'incoronazione di Poppea

Power corrupts – but love corrupts absolutely. Poppea, scheming mistress of the Emperor Nero, exploits his erotic obsession to commit all forms of crime in her ruthless pursuit of power – and in her lust to be crowned Empress.

Love conquers all – even if that love is dark and damaged through and through.

Daring to seduce the audience with his dangerously exquisite music, Monteverdi turns morality on its head in a compelling mix of high comedy and dark tragedy. Sir John Eliot Gardiner completes his historic survey of Monteverdi’s three surviving operas with one of the composer’s grandest, most sensuous and most scandalous works.

This remarkable landmark project offers a rare opportunity to experience all three surviving operas by Claudio Monteverdi as directed performances in concert. They are conducted by period performance pioneer Sir John Eliot Gardiner, in celebration of the 450th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

Sung in Italian with English supertitles

Staged concert

Poppea / Fortuna Hana Blažíková
Nerone Kangmin Justin Kim
Ottavia Marianna Pizzolato
Seneca Gianluca Buratto
Ottone Carlo Vistoli
Drusilla / Pallade / Virtù Anna Dennis
Arnalta / Venere Lucile Richardot
Amore / Valletto Silvia Frigato
Soldato I / Liberto Furio Zanasi
Famigliari Gareth Treseder
Lucano Zachary Wilder
Damigella Francesca Boncompagni
Mercurio / Littore John Taylor Ward
Nutrice Michał Czerniawski
Soldato II Robert Burt

English Baroque Soloists
Monteverdi Choir
Sir John Eliot Gardiner Conductor & Co-director
Elsa Rooke Co-director
Rick Fisher Lighting designer
Patricia Hofstede Costume designer

Monteverdi L'incoronazione di Poppea

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Monteverdi Choir
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Sir John Eliot Gardiner

17 August 2017

  • Usher Hall (Show on map)
  • 3hr 35mins approx (one interval)
  • £13 - £47*

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