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L'INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA
(The Coronation of Poppea)

Claudio Monteverdi
1567 - 1643

Opera in three acts with a prologue
Libretto by Giovanni Francesco Busenello
First performed in 1642, in Venice
Sung in Italian with German surtitles

Duration: 3 1/2 hours incl. one inerval

About the work

Nero ruled half the world from his throne in Rome. The only one more powerful than the tyrant was Amor, God of Love, who sets in m ...
Nero ruled half the world from his throne in Rome. The only one more powerful than the tyrant was Amor, God of Love, who sets in motion a terrible game of desire and jealousy to prove it. 74 year old Claudio Monteverdi was not at all coy when it came to depicting the characters and intrigue in a story set in ancient Rome, creating a spectacle full of twists and turns. In one of the first works to be performed in a public opera house and not at court, Monteverdi decided to move away from the more usual mythical themes and focussed instead on the young tyrant Nero. »Goodness« is not victorious: the inconsiderate win, people prepared to let nothing get in the way of their passions and goals. The work is full of amusing scenes which have nothing to do with main story at all but, apparently, give us an idea of what made Venetians laugh in those days.

Synopsis

Fortuna und Virtù argue with Amor, who intends to prove that love rules the world by elevating Poppea to Empress of Rome. Ottone, ...
Fortuna und Virtù argue with Amor, who intends to prove that love rules the world by elevating Poppea to Empress of Rome. Ottone, Poppea's husband, knows about his wife's infidelity. When he finds two of Nero's soldiers outside the front door, it becomes clear who Poppea is being unfaithful with. Before Nero can legalize his union with Poppea he must disown his wife, Ottavia. Ottavia bemoans her unhappy marriage, rejecting the suggestion made by Nutrice, her nurse, to take revenge by committing adultery too. The philosopher Seneca reminds Ottavia of the fortitude of virtue. Poppea exploits Nero's infatuation, persuading him to force Seneca, an obstacle in her plans, to commit suicide. Ottone attemps, in vain, to win Poppea back. He turns to Drusilla for comfort. Seneca considers death to be the fulfilling culmination of human life. Lucano delivers Nero's order that he must die. Seneca hears voices trying to prevent him from committing suicide, but he is ready to put his theory to the test. Nero and Lucano have fun celebrating his death. If Ottone refuses to murder Poppea, Ottavia will accuse him of rape. He is to carry out the deed dressed as a woman. Drusilla gives him her clothes. Amor makes Poppea fall asleep. Ottone is resolved, but Amor thwarts him. Drusilla is arrested and owns up to attempted murder. Ottone exposes the truth and Ottavia's role in the plan. Nero banishes him. Drusilla begs him to allow her to go join Ottone. Ottavia is banished and takes her leave from the world. Nero crowns Poppea Empress. Amor is triumphant.


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Performances

Saturday 20.12.2014

Further performances:
22.12.2014  | 25.12.2014  |
26.12.2014  | 28.12.2014  |
31.12.2014  | 01.01.2015  |
03.01.2015

Cast

Conductor
Simone Di Felice
Director
Ute M. Engelhardt
Stage Designer
Julia Müer
Costume Designer
Katharina Tasch
Lighting Designer
Joachim Klein
Video
Bibi Abel
Dramaturge
Zsolt Horpácsy

Nerone
Gaëlle Arquez
Ottavia
Claudia Mahnke
Poppea
Naomi O'Connell
Ottone
William Towers
Seneca
Alfred Reiter
Arnalta
Hans-Jürgen Lazar
Valletto, Amore
Elizabeth Reiter
Damigella, Fortuna
Nora Friedrichs *
Drusilla
Anna Ryberg
Nutrice
Martin Wölfel
Virtù / Pallade
Jessica Strong*
Liberto / Lucano / Littore
Francisco Brito
Mercurio / Famigliare 3 / Tribune
Iurii Samoilov
Soldat 1 / Console
Aljoscha Lennert
Soldat 2 / Famigliare 2
Julian Habermann

Oper Frankfurt's Orchestra


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