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Monteverdi: L’incoronazione di Poppea


Opera in staged version
  • From Saturday 28th to Sunday 29 th January 2023
  • Royal Opera
  • 3h10 with intermission
Accueil Monteverdi: L’incoronazione di Poppea 01/2023


Elsa Benoit Poppea

Jake Arditti Nero

Ambroisine Bré Octavie, Virtue

Iestyn Davies Otho

Alex Rosen Seneca

Stuart Jackson Arnalta, the Nurse, a Familiar 1

Maya Kherani Fortune, Drusilla

Julie Roset Love, Valletto

Laurence Kilsby Lucain, Soldier 1, a Familiar 2

Riccardo Romeo Liberto, Soldier 2

Yannis François A Lictor, a Familiar 2

Cappella Mediterranea

Leonardo García Alarcón Conductor

Ted Huffman Stage director

Johannes Schütz Sets, original concept

Anna Wörl Sets, adaptations

Astrid Klein Costumes

Bertrand Couderc Lighting

Pim Veulings Movement Collaborator and Weapons Master

Antonio Cuenca Ruiz Dramaturgy

Maud Morillon Assistant director


To take the place of the Empress of Rome! To achieve this, the courtesan Poppea stops at nothing. Mistress of the emperor Nero, she removes all obstacles on her way to the throne. At the cost of breaking up with her lover Ottone, ordering the suicide of the philosopher Seneca and repudiating the empress Octavia, she achieves her goal: Poppea marries Nero. And what could have been a triumph of amorality becomes, through Monteverdi’s music, a hymn to all-powerful desire, an exaltation of the human being trapped in its contradictions. Monteverdi’s last opera is also the first masterpiece of the genre, extraordinarily modern despite its four centuries. This production first performed at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, it is as lively as the first day, carried by a youthful and committed cast guided by director Ted Huffman and the flamboyant Leonardo García Alarcón!


New production for Festival d’Aix-en-Provence 2022

In coproduction with Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, Valencia, Opéra de Rennes, Opéra de Toulon and Oper Köln


Opera in a prologue and three acts to a libretto by Giovanni Francesco Busenello based on the annals of Tacitus, first performed in Venice in 1642-1643.


Venice version from 1650.


Performed in Italian with French and English surtitles.


The Royal Opera of the Château de Versailles

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