Claudio Monteverdi L’Incoronazione di Poppea.
Musica Poetica joins forces with Hampstead Garden Opera to present Monteverdi’s masterpiece, L’Incoronazione di Poppea in an innovative new production developed by Simon Iorio.
Director – Simon Iorio
Musical Director – Oliver John Ruthven
With Musica Poetica
Performances: 12, 13, 14 (mat only), 17, 18, 19, 20 (mat+eve), 21 May (mat only)
Tickets: £20, £22, £27 available from Hampstead Garden Opera
Claudio Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea, the third of his three surviving operas, rightly occupies an elevated position in the history of the genre. It is a masterpiece of text setting and musical invention, at a time when opera as we know it today was very new, and certainly not performed in anything like the same way. Monteverdi was blessed to be able to set a particularly fine libretto, written Giovanni Busenello, perhaps the first great opera librettist, and Da Ponte’s literary forefather.
“The opera is a story about loss of all reason in a quest for power” says Director Simon Iorio. “Our characters exist in a world of lust and intrigue. Poppea is a woman who is completely aware of her own superficial beauty and sexual appeal, knowing exactly how to harness it in order to achieve her own ambitions of power and success. She focuses her attention on the young Nerone, an impetuous, vicious, spoiled and indulgent man. The pair make for a deadly combination to all who surround them. Our moral compass is Seneca, a philosopher and advisor to Nerone, desperately trying to live up to his ideals and beliefs whilst being utterly compromised.”