Friday, April 19th through Sunday, April 28th
The Coronation of Poppea - an Italian opera by Claudio Monteverdi. Performed in Italian with English supertitles.
The opera is set in ancient Rome, 65 A.D. The main characters include Nero, the Roman emperor; Poppea, his lover; Otho, Poppea's fiancé; Drusilla, who is in love with Otho; and Octavia, Nero's wife.
At the center of events is the power-crazed Poppea. She aspires sit astride the heap of power that is the Roman Empire. She seduces the Emperor Nero. Nero is enthralled by Poppea, stopping at nothing to marry her - even murder!
A classic drama unfolds. The ensuing struggle for power and riches smears the canvas with an avaricious portrait of human nature. In this respect not much has changed since the opera was written 365 years ago. The performance portrays the decadence of the late Roman Empire, yet coming together in one of the loveliest duets ever composed, “Pur Ti Miro”.
“...opera at its best... voluptuous baroque music and bloody, powerful drama.“ (NRK)
One of the first operas based on historical events and people, "Poppea" redefined the boundaries of theatrical music and established Monteverdi as the leading musical dramatist of his time.
Written early in the history of opera, L'incoronazione di Poppea broke new ground in matching music to stage action, and in its musical reproductions of the natural inflections of the human voice.
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