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Monteverdi: L'Incoronazione di Poppea

classical music, opera, theatre

one interval
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We would like, even during this extraordinary situation, for the Müpa Budapest audience to still be able to encounter the world's most outstanding and thrilling artists each evening - this time in their own homes. It is precisely for this reason that we have decided to unlock our media library for everyone over the weeks to come and - each night at the familiar times - open Müpa Budapest's virtual concert hall and auditoriums by providing access to a single unforgettable performance from past years.

The performance will be broadcasted on our website, Facebook-page and YouTube channel.

The series of Baroque operas with the Purcell Choir and Orfeo Orchestra, led by conductor György Vashegyi, arrived at another important juncture in 2015. Monteverdi's last work for the stage, L'Incoronazione di Poppea is unusual in that its composer, aged 75 at the time of its writing in 1642, took the bold and innovative step of bringing true historical events to the stage for the first time in the history of opera - doing away with the customary reliance on classical mythology. The story of Seneca, Drusilla, the cheated Empress Octavia, Nero and his lover Poppea is risqué and immoral: the evil triumph, while the virtuous suffer.
The combination of outstanding singers in the principal roles, music performed on period instruments and distinctive direction promises an experience to remember, and not only for lovers of musical theatre. Strikingly avant-garde in its time, Monteverdi's music remains extraordinarily expressive to this day, its varied and sensuous melodies and exhilerating harmonies serving to accentuate the emotions of the story. Typically of masterpieces of its kind, this almost 400-year-old work speaks to audiences of all eras, including our own.
The score is edited by Clifford Bartlett.

This recording was made at a concert held at Müpa Budapest on 26 November 2015.

Presented by: Müpa Budapest

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Sections

  • György Vashegyi
  • Poppea / Fortuna
    Emőke Baráth
  • Nero
    Viktória Vizin
  • Octavia / Virtue
    Hagar Sharvit
  • Otho
    Matthew Shaw
  • Arnalta
    Jeffrey Thompson
  • Seneca
    Miklós Sebestyén
  • Drusilla
    Nóra Tatai
  • Amore
    Ágnes Pintér (voice), Beáta Egyed dance)
  • Pallas / Damigella
    Eszter Zemlényi
  • Valletto
    Anna Molnár
  • First Soldier
    Péter Mészáros
  • Second Soldier, Libertius
    László Kálmán
  • Mercury
    Domonkos Blazsó
  • A Lictor
    Ákos Borka
  • Choir of Lovers
    Ágnes Pintér, Nóra Tatai, Eszter Zemlényi, Anna Molnár
  • Seneca's pupils
    Péter Mészáros, Viktor Korbász, Ákos Borka
  • Consuls and tribunes
    László Kálmán, Viktor Korbász, Péter Mészáros, Domonkos Blazsó, Ákos Borka
  • Orfeo Orchestra
  • director
    Zsófia Geréb
  • assistant director
    Anna Szélinger
  • sets, costumes, projection design
    Virág Pázmány
  • choreographer
    Attila Soós


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