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Work: L'incoronazione di Poppea, SV 308

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ComposerMonteverdi, Claudio (1567-1643)
PeriodEarly
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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ViennaL'incoronazione di PoppeaNew production

Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea, SV 308
Pablo Heras-Casado; Jan Lauwers; Vienna State Opera; Lemm & Barkey; Ken Hioco; Elke Janssens
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Hungarian State Opera delightfully revamps L’incoronazione di Poppea

Monteverdi’s last opera, recomposed by Máté Bella for a modern orchestra and a jazz combo, is an over-the-top, glitzy romp with plenty of casual sex and even more casual violence.
***11
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Sacrifice to passion: L’incoronazione di Poppea in Salzburg

A wonderful cast conducted by William Christie in a new production of L’incoronazione di Poppea at the Salzburg Festival. 
****1
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A metaphor for the modern world in Zurich

Calixto Bieito sets Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea in a hedonist, decadent society whose citizens are defined by their egotism, ambition and sexual exploits.
****1
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A heavy crown: austere Monteverdi at the Staatsoper

The Staatsoper's new L'incoronazione di Poppea is serious, intelligent but short on fire.
***11
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Pinchgut's Poppea: cynical production, glorious music

Pinchgut Opera's L'incoronazione di Poppea is a glorious feast of singing, acting and playing but the production is brutal, taking Monteverdi's vision of corruption in high places to excessive lengths.
****1
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