|Claudio Giovanni Antonio Monteverdi|
L’incoronazione di Poppea (The Coronation of Poppea)
Franz-Josef Selig (Bass), Judith van Wanroij (Soprano), William Berger (Baritone), Maite Beaumont (Mezzo-Soprano), Jordi Domènech (Counter-Tenor), Marisa Martins (Mezzo-Soprano), Miah Persson (Soprano), Sarah Connolly (Mezzo-Soprano), Guy de Mey (Tenor), Dominique Visse (Counter-Tenor)
Baroque Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu
David Alden (Director)
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.