L'incoronazione di Poppea

Temporada 2017-2018 / Opera / L'incoronazione Di Poppea

Conductor Jean-Christophe Spinosi returns with the Ensemble Matheus to celebrate the 450th anniversary of Monteverdi

The last opera by Monteverdi, the 450th anniversary of whose birth is commemorated in 2017, was written to the libretto by Giovanni Francesco Busenello, a member of the Incogniti, a society of immoral intellectuals and scourge of Christian morality in the Most Serene Republic of Venice. For the first time in the genre, the performance is based on a historical episode: Emperor Nero rejects his wife Octavia to marry his ambitious mistress Poppaea, who ultimately becomes the Empress of Rome. Monteverdi’s music bows to the service of sensuality, as well as to scenes of compelling comedy. The score culminates with the renowned love duet “Pur ti miro, pur ti godo”, despite not being written by Monteverdi, but rather attributed to several composers. One of the best early Baroque operas performed at the Liceu under the guidance of the talented specialist Jean-Christophe Spinosi conducting the Ensemble Matheus.

L'encoronazione di Poppea

Dramma musicale in one prologue and three acts. Libretto by Gian Francesco Busenello. World premiere: Winter season of 1642, Teatro Sancti Giovanni e Paolo (Teatro Grimano) of Venice. First staged in Barcelona: 03/02/2009, Liceu. Last performance at the Liceu: 15/02/2009. Liceu total performances: 10.

Artistic profile

Jean Christophe Spinosi


Fortuna / DrusillaVeronica Cagnemi
Virtut / Ottavia / Damisel∙la de l’emperadriuMaite Beaumont
Amor/ Valetto / PalladeEmilie Rose Bry
Ottone/ famigliari 1Filippo Mineccia
First Praetorian soldier / Liberto / Lucano / Nurse of the Empress OctaviaLuca Cerconi
Second Praetorian soldier/ Arnalta / tribuneSarah Connolly
PoppeaSabina Puértolas
NeroneDavid DQ Lee
Seneca/ ConsoleLuigi de Donato
Mercuri Littore / tribune 2 / famigliari 3Cyril Auvity


December 2017

1Friday20:00Turn GFee 8
3Sunday18:00Turn FFee 8

First part 90m
Interval 30m
Second part 75m

Approximate running time  3h 15m

Information of Interest

Reasons why you need to see L'incoronazione di Poppea

  1. Despite not being written by Monteverdi, the first love duet in the history of opera, “Pur ti miro, pur ti godo”, was included at the end of this work.
  2. Sensual music for an immoral libretto.
  3. The last title by the ‘father’ of opera, Claudio Monteverdi.
  4. The first opera written about a historical event.