(photo: Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow / Moscow House of Photography Museum)

Musikfest Berlin

Monteverdi Choir choir

English Baroque Soloists

Sir Sir John Eliot Gardiner conductor

Hana Blažíková soprano

weitere Solisten

Elsa Rooke stage direction

Monteverdi 450 III

Claudio Monteverdi

L’incoronazione di Poppea, Opera musicale Semi-Staged Perfomance

Eine Veranstaltung der Berliner Festspiele/Musikfest Berlin

Gefördert aus Mitteln des Hauptstadtkulturfonds und der Aventis Foundation

Monteverdi 450 wird unterstützt von Monteverdi Tuscany

Dates and Tickets

Tue, 05 Sep 2017, 19:00



Berliner Festspiele

Schaperstraße 24
10719 Berlin

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Monteverdi’s final opera, L’incoronazione di Poppea, first performed in the 1642-43 carnival season in Venice, was unusual in its time for abandoning mythology in favour of a retelling of historical events. The opera portrays Poppea’s progression from Nero’s mistress to his acknowledged queen. In stark contrast to “L’Orfeo” and “Il ritorno d’Ulisse”, Monteverdi’s operatic swan-song is a celebration of carnal love and ambition triumphing at the expense of reason and morality. Set in the decadence of Imperial Rome it explores the emotional core of a group of characters as they form and dissolve alliances to achieve their amorous goals and social ambitions. From the outset Monteverdi achieves stark contrasts – the way, for example, he juxtaposes a scene in which two disgruntled sentry guards satirise Rome’s degenerate society and prepare us to despise Nero and Poppea, and then follows it with a portrayal of the two lovers as they exchange and entwine musical lines which leave us under their irresistible spell.

(photo: Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow / Moscow House of Photography Museum)