Claudio Monteverdi: L’incoronazione di Poppea
L’incoronazione di Poppea
POPPEA: JEANINE DE BIQUE
NERONE: VALER SABADUS
OTTONE: REGINALD MOBLEY
Drusilla: NÚRIA RIAL
Ottavia, La Virtù: LUCIANA MANCINI
Arnalta, Nutrice: STUART PATTERSON
Seneca: GIANLUCA BURATTO
Soldato 1, Lucano: THOMAS WALKER
Soldato 2, Liberto: FRANCISCO FERNÁNDEZ-RUEDA
Famigliare 3, Littore: PETER HARVEY
La Fortuna, Damigella, Venere: SILVIA FRIGATO
Valletto, Amore: JAKOB GEPPERT
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.
FEATURING: BUDAPEST FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA ON PERIOD INSTRUMENTS
CONDUCTOR: IVÀN FISCHER
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: HANNAH GELESZ
COSTUME DESIGNER: ANNA BIAGIOTTI
SET DESIGN: ANDREA TOCCHIO
LIGHTING DESIGNER: TAMÁS BÁNYAI
STAGE MANAGER: WENDY GRIFFIN-REID
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: RÓBERT ZENTAI
DIRECTOR: IVÁN FISCHER & MARCO GANDINI
Poppea is, in many ways, a clear triumph of Fischer’s staging experience and his incredible work with the BFO.