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L'Incoronazione di Poppea

L'Incoronazione di Poppea: By Claudio Monteverdi
PARIS  •  Palais Garnier  •  Ongoing

Claudio  Monteverdi: L'Incoronazione di Poppea
Opera in a prologue and three acts, 1643 
Libretto: Giovanni Francesco Busenello
Performed in Italian

Monteverdi’s last masterpiece. Thirty five years had passed since his Orfeo, which had opened the era of the favola in musica. In the City of the Doges, riven by vice in Rome’s eyes, the composer wrote his opera about desire and seduction in which Poppea’s beauty bewitches Nero and provokes the death of Seneca, the banishment of Othon and the repudiation of Octavia. One by one, the pillars of morality crumble before we can bond with any of the characters.

Rinaldo Alessandrini, conductor  
Robert Wilson, stage director  
Giuseppe Frigeni, co-stage director  
Robert Wilson / Annick Lavallée-Benny: sets  
Jacques Reynaud / Yashi: costumes  
A. J. Weissbard / Robert Wilson: lighting


Gaëlle Arquez: La Fortuna, Drusilla
Jaël Azzaretti: La Virtù, Damigella
Amel Brahim-Djelloul: Amore
Varduhi Abrahamyan: Ottone
Karine Deshayes: Poppea
Jeremy Ovenden: Nerone
Manuel Nuñez Camelino: Arnalta
Monica Bacelli: Ottavia
Giuseppe de Vittorio: Nutrice
Andrea Concetti: Seneca
Marie-Adeline Henry: Valletto
Nahuel Di Pierro: Mercurio
Salvo Vitale: Secondo Tribuno, Famigliare di Seneca
Valerio Contaldo: Soldato pretoriano, Lucano, Famigliare di Seneca, Secondo Console
Furio Zanasi:  Soldato pretoriano, Liberto, Primo Tribuno

Concerto Italiano

Opéra National de Paris Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: Palais Garnier
Place de l’Opéra
75001 Paris
Tel: (33) 0 892 89 90 90

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