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.
- Jean Christophe Spinosi
|Fortuna / Drusilla||Veronica Cagnemi|
|Virtut / Ottavia / Damisel∙la de l’emperadriu||Maite Beaumont|
|Amor/ Valetto / Pallade||Emilie Rose Bry|
|Ottone/ famigliari 1||Filippo Mineccia|
|First Praetorian soldier / Liberto / Lucano / Nurse of the Empress Octavia||Luca Cerconi|
|Second Praetorian soldier/ Arnalta / tribune||Sarah Connolly|
|Nerone||David DQ Lee|
|Seneca/ Console||Luigi de Donato|
|Mercuri Littore / tribune 2 / famigliari 3||Cyril Auvity|
Information of Interest
Reasons why you need to see L'incoronazione di Poppea
- 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.
- Sensual music for an immoral libretto.
- The last title by the ‘father’ of opera, Claudio Monteverdi.
- The first opera written about a historical event.