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Copy of Lucerne Festival - L’incoronazione di Poppea

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English Baroque Soloists   

Monteverdi Choir   

Sir John Eliot Gardiner  conductor and staging 

Elsa Rooke  director 

Hana Blažiková  Poppea, Fortuna 

Kangmin Justin Kim  Nerone 

Carlo Vistoli  Ottone 

Gianluca Buratto  Seneca 

Lucile Richardot  Arnalta, Venere 

Michał Czerniawski  Nutrice 

Silvia Frigato  Amore and Valletto 

Anna Dennis  Drusilla, Virtù, Pallade 

John Taylor Ward  Mercurio, Littore 

and additional soloists   

Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643) 
L’incoronazione di Poppea. Opera in a prologue and three acts 

“Claudio Monteverdi is for me the musical equivalent of William Shakespeare,” according to Sir John Eliot Gardiner. “He is the first composer in the history of Western music that was able to assimilate and encapsulate the whole range of human feelings and emotions in music: from the noblest and most godlike figures to the most proletarian, the most lowlife.” And the last of the three surviving Monteverdi operas, L’incoronazione di Poppea, which was premiered in 1643 in Venice, in particular explores psychological depths – and at the same time remains a work that is sharply relevant today. “Poppea is based on human and political ambition, sexual desire, envy, and jealousy. Nobody had done anything like this before in musical terms,” says Gardiner. And it is Monteverdi’s passionate, sensual, comic, and dramatic setting that makes this political drama about the Roman Emperor Nero and his beloved Poppea such an incomparable experience.