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Monteverdi: L'Incoronazione di Poppea / Christie, de Niese, Jaroussky [2 DVD]

Album Summary

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

Notes & Reviews:

The culmination of a three-year Monteverdi project led by conductor William Christie and director Pier Luigi Pizzi at Madrid's Teatro Real, L'incoronazione di Poppea brings a potent blend of sex and politics, high drama and comedy. Leading the cast are Danielle de Niese, Philippe Jaroussky, Max Emanuel Cencic and Anna Bonitatibus. William Christie, who most recently stated 2012 at New York's Metropolitan Opera, conducting The Enchanted Island, is joined by the Les Arts Florissants as he evokes a veritable orgy of nuances, subtly creates atmosphere and shows a perfect sense for the accents of the piece. It took Christie and director Pier Luigi Pizzi three years to mount Monterverdi's three operas together. The results were a production full of elegance and beauty.

"William Christie and Les Arts Florissants were again the stars of this opera, as also was the case with L'Orfeo and Il Ritorno d'Ulisse. The quality of the group of 17 musicians (16 plus Christie to the harpsichord) is always impressive but I should like to highlight the excellent continuo playing, headed by William Christie himself, on harpsichord, organ and regal. Jonathan Cable – who edited the score for the production – also played the continuo double bass. It is hard to think of a better choice than Mr Christie and Les Arts Florissants for a Monteverdi trilogy. Poppea was sung by soprano Danielle De Niese, who provided a very convincing interpretation of the ambitious Empress. Her Poppea would be difficult for anyone to resist, such is the sensuality emanating from her portrayal... To cast a countertenor as Nero is a rather questionable decision. Having in the past the experienced the role sung by both a mezzo soprano and a tenor, personally, I preferred the ‘trouser role’ option’ but this time decision the French Philippe Jaroussky sang it, preserving - in a sense - the historical line back to the original use of a soprano castrato. His stage presentation, as well as his vocal performance, were both wholly positive and he flew high in both respects... in addition to William Christie and Les Arts Florissants, who were justly acclaimed, there were sonorous cheers for Jaroussky, Bonitatibus and de Niese." -MusicWeb-International

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 150 min.
Region: 1
Picture Format: NTSC, Color
Subtitles: English, French



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Works Details

>Monteverdi, Claudio : L'incoronazione di Poppea, opera in 3 acts, SV 308
  • Performers: Ana Quintans (Soprano); Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor); Danielle De Niese (Soprano); Max Cencic (Countertenor); Anna Bonitatibus (Mezzo Soprano); Antonio Abete (Bass)
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Les Arts florissants
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1642