Musikfest Berlin
School of Fontainebleau, Portrait of Poppea, around 1560
School of Fontainebleau, Portrait of Poppea, around 1560

L’incoronazione di Poppea

Opera musicale in one prologue and three acts (Venice, 1642)
by Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643)
Semi-staged performance directed by Elsa Rooke and John Eliot Gardiner

450 years Claudio Monteverdi

Monteverdi Choir
English Baroque Soloists
Sir John Eliot Gardiner conductor

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

Monteverdi’s final opera, “L’incoronazione di Poppea”, first performed in the 1642-43 carnival season in Venice, was unusual in its time for abandoning mythology in favour of a retelling of historical events. The opera portrays Poppea’s progression from Nero’s mistress to his acknowledged queen. In stark contrast to “L’Orfeo” and “Il ritorno d’Ulisse”, Monteverdi’s operatic swan-song is a celebration of carnal love and ambition triumphing at the expense of reason and morality. Set in the decadence of Imperial Rome it explores the emotional core of a group of characters as they form and dissolve alliances to achieve their amorous goals and social ambitions. From the outset Monteverdi achieves stark contrasts – the way, for example, he juxtaposes a scene in which two disgruntled sentry guards satirise Rome’s degenerate society and prepare us to despise Nero and Poppea, and then follows it with a portrayal of the two lovers as they exchange and entwine musical lines which leave us under their irresistible spell.

A Berliner Festspiele / Musikfest Berlin event

Sponsored by the Capital Cultural Funds
and the Aventis Foundation.
Monteverdi 450 is supported by Monteverdi Tuscany

Aventis Foundation     Logo Hauptstadtkulturfonds     Monteverdi Tuscany

In Italian with German surtitles

Duration 2h, 45

18:00 work introduction

Tickets & Dates

L’incoronazione di Poppea

Venue:

Philharmonie

Price/Category:

€ 15 - 110

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