MONTEVERDI: L'INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA

(2015 - MÜPA, Budapest)

The series of Baroque operas with the Purcell Choir and Orfeo Orchestra, led by conductor György Vashegyi, arrives at another important juncture. Monteverdi's last work for the stage, L'Incoronazione di Poppea is unusual in that its composer, aged 75 at the time of its writing in 1642, took the bold and innovative step of bringing true historical events to the stage for the first time in the history of opera - doing away with the customary reliance on classical mythology. The story of Seneca, Drusilla, the cheated Empress Octavia, Nero and his lover Poppea is risqué and immoral: the evil triumph, while the virtuous suffer. The combination of outstanding singers in the principal roles, music performed on period instruments and distinctive direction promises an experience to remember, and not only for lovers of musical theatre. Strikingly avant-garde in its time, Monteverdi's music remains extraordinarily expressive to this day, its varied and sensuous melodies and exhilerating harmonies serving to accentuate the emotions of the story. Typically of masterpieces of its kind, this almost 400-year-old work speaks to audiences of all eras, including our own.

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Cast& Crew

Poppea/Fortuna Emőke Baráth
Nero Viktória Vizin
Octavia/Virtue Hagar Sharvit
Otho Matthew Shaw
Arnalta Jeffrey Thompson
Seneca Miklós Sebestyén
Drusilla Nóra Tatai
Amore Ágnes Pintér (voice), Egyed Beáta (dance)
Pallas/Damigella Eszter Zemlényi
Valletto Anna Molnár
First Soldier Péter Mészáros
Second Soldier/Libertius László Kálmán
Mercury Domonkos Blazsó
Lictor Ákos Borka

Conductor György Vashegyi
Director Zsófia Geréb
Assistant Anna Szélinger
Set, Costume and Projection Design Virág Pázmány
Choreographer Attila Soós

 

PREFACE TO TV BROADCAST

THE FULL TV  INTERVIEW

PROGRAM GUIDE
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