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Monteverdi: L'Incoronazione di Poppea / Bicket, Persson, Connolly, Domenech [Blu-Ray]

Album Summary

>Monteverdi, Claudio : L'incoronazione di Poppea, opera in 3 acts, SV 308
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Love conquers all - ruthlessly and irresistibly - as Emperor Nero and his mistress Poppea remove the obstacles to their union. At Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu David Alden's visually sumptuous production, with its suggestions of a giant game of chess, puts the opera's potent blend of sex and politics in a context that sets ancient against modern - just as the action juxtaposes scurrilous comedy and stark drama. Monteverdi's magnificent score, meanwhile, accommodates intrigue, wit, nobility, tragedy and sensuality, and, led by the intense Sarah Connolly and the delectable Miah Persson, the cast brings both drama and music startlingly to life.

BBC Music Magazine
This Barcelona interpretation by [Alden] is almost Brechtian in the spare objectivity of its stage set, and Expressionist in its use of the shadowy, zombie-like figure of Time that shuffles across the back of the stage...Persson is a superb Poppea who can really act with her voice but whose body seems constrained by the direction...The orchestral accompaniments are nicely varied.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 183 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM 2.0, DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Catalan


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Works Details

>Monteverdi, Claudio : L'incoronazione di Poppea, opera in 3 acts, SV 308
  • Performers: Maité Beaumont (Soprano); Sarah Connolly (Soprano); Jordi Domenech (Mezzo Soprano); Miah Persson (Soprano); Ruth Rosique (Soprano); Franz-Josef Selig (Bass)
  • Conductor: Harry Bicket
  • Ensemble: Baroque Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1642