L'incoronazione di Poppea

Aix-en-Provence, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence
Aix-en-Provence, France
Theatre du Jeu de Paume
Sat 18 July 19:00
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Synopsis

To take the place of the reigning Empress, the courtesan Poppea will stop at nothing. Mistress to Emperor Nero, she endeavours to remove any and all obstacles blocking her path to the throne. She ends her relationship with Otho, her lover; pushes Seneca, the philosopher, to suicide; and ensures that Octavia, the reigning empress, is repudiated by Nero. Poppea achieves her goal and marries the Emperor. Thanks to Monteverdi’s music, what could have been seen as a mere triumph of amorality becomes a hymn to the absolute power of desire, an exaltation to humanity trapped in its own contradictions. It was the ageing master’s last opera, but also the first masterpiece of the genre, and remains profoundly modern despite the four centuries that have passed since it premiered. The opera, still as fresh as the day it was written, is performed wonderfully by a young troupe, conducted by the maestro harpsichordist Leonardo García Alarcón and staged by the director Ted Huffman.

Credits

Conductor

Leonardo García Alarcón

Stage Director

Ted Huffman*

Stage Designer

Johannes Schütz

Costume Designer

Astrid Klein

Lighting Designer

Bertrand Couderc

Dramaturge

Antonio Cuenca Ruiz

Poppea

Jacquelyn Stucker

Nerone

Jake Arditti

Ottavia / Virtù

Fleur Barron*

Ottone

Paul-Antoine Bénos- Djian*

Seneca / Console

Alex Rosen*

Arnalta / Nutrice / Famigliare 1

Miles Mykkanen

Fortuna / Drusilla

Maya Kherani

Amore / Valetto

Julie Roset*

Lucano / Soldato 1 / Famigliare 2 / Tribuno

Laurence Kilsby

Liberto / Soldato 2 / Tribuno

Riccardo Romeo

Littore / Famigliare 3 / Console

Yannis François

Orchestra

Cappella Mediterranea

* former artists of the Académie

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  • Synopsis

    To take the place of the reigning Empress, the courtesan Poppea will stop at nothing. Mistress to Emperor Nero, she endeavours to remove any and all obstacles blocking her path to the throne. She ends her relationship with Otho, her lover; pushes Seneca, the philosopher, to suicide; and ensures that Octavia, the reigning empress, is repudiated by Nero. Poppea achieves her goal and marries the Emperor. Thanks to Monteverdi’s music, what could have been seen as a mere triumph of amorality becomes a hymn to the absolute power of desire, an exaltation to humanity trapped in its own contradictions. It was the ageing master’s last opera, but also the first masterpiece of the genre, and remains profoundly modern despite the four centuries that have passed since it premiered. The opera, still as fresh as the day it was written, is performed wonderfully by a young troupe, conducted by the maestro harpsichordist Leonardo García Alarcón and staged by the director Ted Huffman.

  • Credits

    Conductor

    Leonardo García Alarcón

    Stage Director

    Ted Huffman*

    Stage Designer

    Johannes Schütz

    Costume Designer

    Astrid Klein

    Lighting Designer

    Bertrand Couderc

    Dramaturge

    Antonio Cuenca Ruiz

    Poppea

    Jacquelyn Stucker

    Nerone

    Jake Arditti

    Ottavia / Virtù

    Fleur Barron*

    Ottone

    Paul-Antoine Bénos- Djian*

    Seneca / Console

    Alex Rosen*

    Arnalta / Nutrice / Famigliare 1

    Miles Mykkanen

    Fortuna / Drusilla

    Maya Kherani

    Amore / Valetto

    Julie Roset*

    Lucano / Soldato 1 / Famigliare 2 / Tribuno

    Laurence Kilsby

    Liberto / Soldato 2 / Tribuno

    Riccardo Romeo

    Littore / Famigliare 3 / Console

    Yannis François

    Orchestra

    Cappella Mediterranea

    * former artists of the Académie

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