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James Conway director
Michael Rosewell conductor
Combining mythic and very human themes, Monteverdi’s final masterpiece is often described as his greatest achievement and features some of his most glorious music.
One of the first operas to use historical events and people, it tells the story of Nero’s infatuation with the young and beautiful Poppea as she tries to make him divorce his wife Ottavia and take her as his new queen and empress of Rome. The Coronation of Poppea is rich, complex and thoroughly modern work; a world populated by ruthless and all-too-human characters where lust and ambition ultimately triumph over virtue.
‘Go for a masterclass in gender dynamics, psychological aggression and power play, possibly with a little insanity sprinkled in, and you will be: in celestial bliss.’
4 STARS, Bachtrack
‘Hannah Pedley finds a vocal grandeur that only serves to emphasise the self-destructiveness of Ottavia's increasing bitterness. As Poppea's rejected lover, Michal Czerniawski's frustrated Ottone maintains a mellifluous tone’
4 STARS, George Hall, The Guardian
Pre-performance talk The creative team discuss the production
Peter Pears Recital Room, Snape 6.30pm
Tickets Free but please book
This performance is part of our Autumn-Winter 2013 season.
Priority Booking dates are as follows:
Annual Donors Friday 17 May until Monday 3 June
Friends Booking Tuesday 4 June
Advance Booking List (including e-ABL) Wednesday 19 June
General Booking Tuesday 2 July
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Tickets £32, £28, £24, £19, £15 Under 27s half price
Venice, the home of the world’s first commercial opera, at one time hosted six different opera houses. English Touring Opera presents three operas by different composers, premiered at three different theatres, all first unveiled in the carnival season and inspired by Venice’s wit and humour.
In Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea political power and lust triumph over virtue. The same characters are viewed comically in Handel’s virtuosic bedroom farce, Agrippina. Lesser known now, Cavalli was the master of Venetian opera, and his ironic take on the hero of the Golden Fleece, Jason, is his most seductive work.
Book all three operas for
£84, £75, £63, £51, £39