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L'incoronazione di Poppea

Gran Teatre del Liceu: AuditoriumBarcelona, Cataluña, 08002, Espagne
Dates/horaires selon le fuseau horaire de Madrid
lundi 10 juillet 202319:00
mercredi 12 juillet 202319:00
vendredi 14 juillet 202319:00
lundi 17 juillet 202319:00
mercredi 19 juillet 202319:00
vendredi 21 juillet 202319:00
Gran Teatre del Liceu
Jordi SavallDirectionjuil. 10, 12, 14, 21
Luca GuglielmiDirectionjuil. 17, 19
Calixto BieitoMise en scène
Rebecca RingstDécors
Ingo KrüglerCostumes
Franck EvinLumières
Le Concert des Nations
David HansenContre-ténorNerone
Julie FuchsSopranoPoppea
Nahuel Di PierroBaryton-basseSeneca
Magdalena KoženáMezzo-sopranoOttavia
Xavier SabataContre-ténorOttone
Jake ArdittiContre-ténorAmore
Irene MasSopranoLa Virtù
Natalia LabourdetteSopranoValletto
Emiliano Gonzalez ToroTénorArnalta
Thobela NtshanyanaTénorLucano
Josep-Ramon OlivéBarytonLiberto
Deanna BreiwickSopranoDrusilla
Marcel BeekmanTénorNutrice
Orquesta Sinfónica del Gran Teatre del Liceu

Monteverdi's last opera was premiered in the winter of 1642 at the Teatro Santi Giovanni e Paolo (Teatro Grimano) in Venice. The author of the libretto, Giovanni Francesco Busenello, belonged to the Accademia degli Incogniti, a body with a reputation for libertinage and undisguised criticism of Christianity. Opera, at the time, was emerging from the palaces of the nobility to be staged in theatres, where it became available to wider audiences. It was also beginning to use plots based on historical events instead of mythology, as was the case in Monteverdi's own L'Orfeo.

Monteverdi has been called the "Oracle of Music" and his Poppea, though 380 years old, has surprisingly modern traits, with a depth and passion reminiscent of our own times. The music brilliantly captures Nero's tyrannical hysteria and Poppea's irresistible sensuality. Both words and music are used to achieve superb dramatic effects in a dazzling combination of comedy and tragedy.

This production by Calixto Bieito was first seen at the Opernhaus Zürich in 2018 and has been one of the most successful shows of recent seasons. Acclaimed by both audience and reviewers, it owes part of its magic to Rebecca Ringst, whose set design brings the audience closer to the stage than ever before. The obsessive, supremely vain characters inhabit a glamorous world of infinite self-praise and self-indulgence which is reflected in the video screens that dominate the stage.

Julie Fuchs brings us a new, sensuous interpretation of Poppea. Neither setbacks nor defeats will stop her carrying out her plan to metamorphose from an ambitious courtesan into a crowned empress. This will be her leap into the void. Alongside her, countertenor David Hansen will give us an equally enjoyable rendering of Nero, who is so enslaved by Poppea's beauty and words that he willingly orders Seneca to commit suicide after the latter has incurred her displeasure. Her unscrupulous battle against Nero's wife Octavia (sung by Magdalena Kožená) and Ottone (Xavier Sabata) also ends in their banishment.

Jordi Savall, an unrivalled connoisseur of this repertory, will be on the podium to offer us a score which was believed lost for centuries until rediscovered in 1888. Ingredients such as eroticism, ambition and the fascination of power make this a modern opera. It culminates in the exquisitely melodious duet attributed to Benedetto Ferrari: “Pur ti miro, pur ti godo” (I gaze at you, I delight in you.)

Production: Opernhaus Zürich.

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