Elsa Benoit Poppée
Jake Arditti Néron
Ambroisine Bré Octavie, la Vertu
Iestyn Davies Othon
Alex Rosen Sénèque
Stuart Jackson Arnalta, la Nourrice, un Familier 1
Maya Kherani La Fortune, Drusilla
Julie Roset L’Amour, Valletto
Laurence Kilsby Lucain, Soldat 1, un Familier 2
Riccardo Romeo Liberto, Soldat 2
Yannis François Un Licteur, un Familier 3
Leonardo García Alarcón Conductor
Ted Huffman Stage direction
Johannes Schütz Settings, original concept
Anna Wörl Settings, adaptation
Astrid Klein Costumes
Bertrand Couderc Lights
Pim Veulings Movement assistant and master-at-arms
Antonio Cuenca Ruiz Dramaturgy
Maud Morillon Stage assistant
Performance in Italian with French and English surtitles
Opera in one prologue and three acts to a booklet by Giovanni Francesco Busenello after the annals of Tacitus, first performed in Venice in 1642-1643.
Venice version of 1650.
To take the place of the Empress of Rome! To achieve this, the courtesan Poppea stops at nothing. Mistress of the emperor Nero, she removes all obstacles on her way to the throne. At the cost of breaking up with her lover Ottone, ordering the suicide of the philosopher Seneca and repudiating the empress Octavia, she achieves her goal: Poppea marries Nero. And what could have been a triumph of amorality becomes, through Monteverdi's music, a hymn to all-powerful desire, an exaltation of the human being trapped in its contradictions. Monteverdi's last opera is also the first masterpiece of the genre, extraordinarily modern despite its four centuries. This production first performed at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, it is as lively as the first day, carried by a youthful and committed cast guided by director Ted Huffman and the flamboyant Leonardo García Alarcón!
A Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2022 production
Co-produced by Opéra de Rennes, Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, Valencia
Saturday 28th January –"15 minutes with" at 6.30pm
On presentation of your ticket for that evening and subject to availability.
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