L'INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA

CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI (1567 — 1643)

Théâtre du Jeu de Paume
3 5 8 10 12 14 16 18 July
IL NERONE, OSSIA L'INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA
OPERA IN ONE PROLOGUE AND THREE ACTS
LIBRETTO BY GIOVANNI FRANCESCO BUSENELLO
FIRST PERFORMED IN 1642 AT TEATRO SANTI GIOVANNI E PAOLO OF VENICE
VENICE VERSION OF 1650
Conductor
Leonardo García Alarcón
Stage Director
Ted Huffman*
Stage Designer
Johannes Schütz
Costume Designer
Astrid Klein
Lighting Designer
Bertrand Couderc
Dramaturge
Antonio Cuenca Ruiz
Poppea
Jacquelyn Stucker
Nerone
Jake Arditti
Ottavia / Virtù
Fleur Barron*
Ottone
Paul-Antoine Bénos- Djian*
Seneca / Console
Alex Rosen*
Arnalta / Nutrice / Famigliare 1
Miles Mykkanen
Fortuna / Drusilla
Maya Kherani
Amore / Valetto
Julie Roset*
Lucano / Soldato 1 / Famigliare 2 / Tribuno
Laurence Kilsby
Liberto / Soldato 2 / Tribuno
Riccardo Romeo
Littore / Famigliare 3 / Console
Yannis François
Orchestra
Cappella Mediterranea
* former artists of the Académie

NEW PRODUCTION OF THE FESTIVAL D’AIX-EN-PROVENCE
A COPRODUCTION WITH PALAU DE LES ARTS REINA SOFIÁ, OPÉRA DE RENNES
WITH THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF VINCENT MEYER

Bad men take as much delight in their shame as good men in noble things.

Seneca: Of a Happy Life, 58 CE

To take the place of the reigning Empress, the courtesan Poppea will stop at nothing. Mistress to Emperor Nero, she endeavours to remove any and all obstacles blocking her path to the throne. She ends her relationship with Otho, her lover; pushes Seneca, the philosopher, to suicide; and ensures that Octavia, the reigning empress, is repudiated by Nero. Poppea achieves her goal and marries the Emperor. Thanks to Monteverdi’s music, what could have been seen as a mere triumph of amorality becomes a hymn to the absolute power of desire, an exaltation to humanity trapped in its own contradictions. It was the ageing master’s last opera, but also the first masterpiece of the genre, and remains profoundly modern despite the four centuries that have passed since it premiered. The opera, still as fresh as the day it was written, is performed wonderfully by a young troupe, conducted by the maestro harpsichordist Leonardo García Alarcón and staged by the director Ted Huffman.

Friday 3 July 2020
7:00pm
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Sunday 5 July 2020
3:00pm
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Wednesday 8 July 2020
7:00pm
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Friday 10 July 2020
7:00pm
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Sunday 12 July 2020
3:00pm
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Tuesday 14 July 2020
3:00pm
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Thursday 16 July 2020
7:00pm
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Saturday 18 July 2020
7:00pm
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Tickets: €30, €55, €90, €150
Youth Ticket: €9
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3 hours with one interval

Sung in Italian with French and English surtitles