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L’incoronazione di Poppea

OpernhausFalkenstrasse 1, Zürich, 8008, Switzerland
Dates/times in Zurich time zone
Wednesday 22 September 202119:00
Sunday 26 September 202114:00
Wednesday 29 September 202119:30
Performers
Zurich Opera
Ottavio DantoneConductor, Basso Continuo
Calixto BieitoDirector
Rebecca RingstSet Designer
Franck EvinLighting Designer
Sarah DerendingerVideo Artist
Beate BreidenbachDramaturgy
Jake ArdittiCountertenorAmore
Sandra HamaouiSopranoLa Fortuna
Hamida KristoffersenSopranoLa Virtù
David HansenCountertenorNerone
Emily D'AngeloMezzo-sopranoOttavia
Julie FuchsSopranoPoppea
Delphine GalouContraltoOttone
Deanna BreiwickSopranoDrusilla
Manuel Nuñez CamelinoTenorNutrice
Emiliano Gonzalez ToroTenorArnalta
Miklós SebestyénBassSeneca
Bożena BujnickaSopranoValletto
Thomas ErlankTenorLucano
Andrew MooreBassLittore
Andrei SkliarenkoTenorLiberto
Orchestra La Scintilla Zurich

Calixto Bieito’s production of Poppea, which premiered in 2018, was a hit with audiences and critics alike. Part of the magic was Rebecca Ringst’s spectacular set, which connected the audience to the stage like never before. The opera’s self-obsessed characters present themselves on a catwalk of vanities while imposing video screens dominate the arena, completing the glamorous world of unending self-adulation. Julie Fuchs, who turned heads for the production’s premiere run, returns as the confident, sensual Poppea. Neither setbacks nor defeats will stop her from getting what she wants: to be crowned empress. Back at her side as Nero is countertenor David Hansen, who proves equal to Fuchs on stage. He’s helplessly addicted to Poppea’s beauty, and at her word, has no qualms convincing Seneca the philosopher to commit suicide.

At the podium of the Orchestra La Scintilla is Italian Baroque specialist Ottavio Dantone. Monteverdi’s Poppea may be 370 years old, but the personality traits it reveals are astonishingly modern, with depths and passions that could be our own. Monteverdi brilliantly captured the musical nature of Nero’s tyrannical hysteria and Poppea’s irresistible sensuality. Equally modern to our sensibilities is the inseparable combination of word and music. Monteverdi uses it to achieve high-stakes drama in record time, blending comedy and tragedy in virtuosic style. Opera history began with Monteverdi – and he created a masterpiece right from the start.

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