L’INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA

by Clau­dio Monteverdi

LIBRETTO

Gio­van­ni Francesco Busenello

 

L’INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA

This is an opera with­out morale. The pro­logue makes it clear: peo­ple are nei­ther vir­tu­ous nor inter­est-dri­ven, they fol­low their sex­u­al desire. Amore intro­duces us to an unlike­ly union: of the tyrant and killer Nero (also a poet, bisex­u­al and unpre­dictable) and of the noble, beau­ti­ful Pop­pea,  who uses her erot­ic pow­er to occu­py Octavi­a’s throne.

These two were real peo­ple: Pop­pea  bathed in milk to soft­en her skin. Her soul was soft, too: she helped minori­ties, for exam­ple accord­ing to Jose­phus Flav­ius she helped the Jews sup­pressed by Rom. Nero mar­ried her first but lat­er killed the pre­gant Pop­pea by kick­ing her strong­ly in the stomach.

It is like today a suprema­cist politi­cian would fall in love with a call girl.
Pos­si­ble? Freud would nod.

Iván Fis­ch­er

CAST

Poppea
Jeanine de Bique
Ottone
Reginald Mobley
Nerone
Valer Sabadus
Drusilla
Nuria Real 
Ottavia / La Virtú
Luciana Mancini 

Arnalta / Nutrice
Stuart Patterson
Seneca
Gianluca Barrato
1. Soldato, Lucano, 1. Famigliare,
Tribune
Thomas Walker
2. Soldato, Liberto, 2. Famigliare,
Tribune
Francesco Fernández-Rueda
3. Famigliare, Littore, Console
Peter Harvey
Fortuna, Damigella, Venere
Silvia Frigato
Val­leto, Amore
Jakob Geppert,member of the Chorakademie Dortmund
Budapest Festival Orchestra (on period instruments)
Conductor:
Iván Fischer

PRODUCTION TEAM

Costume designer:
Anna Biagiotti
Set design:
Andrea Tocchio
Lighting designer:
Tamás Bányai
Stage Manager: 
Wendy Griffin-Reid
Assistant Director:
Hannah Gelesz
Technical Director:
Róbert Zentai
Language coach:
Eva Lax
English translation:
Richard Robinson
Directors:
Iván Fischer & Marco Gandini

 

Budapest Festival Orchestra (on period instruments)
 A production of the Ivan Fischer Opera Company
co-produced by
Müpa Budapest
Vicenza Opera Festival
Grand Théâtre de Genève

SINGERS

 

© 2018  Vicenza Opera Festival

© 2018  Vicenza Opera Festival