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The culmination of a three-year Monteverdi project led by conductor William Christie and director Pier Luigi Pizzi at Madrid's Teatro Réal, L'incoronazione di Poppea brings a potent blend of sex and politics, high drama and comedy. Leading the cast are Danielle de Niese, Philippe Jaroussky, Max Emanuel Cencic and Anna Bonitatibus.
William Christie, who most recently started 2012 at New York's Metropolitan Opera, conducting The Enchanted Island, is joined by the Les Arts Florissants as he evokes a veritable orgy of nuances, subtly creates atmosphere and shows a perfect sense for the accents of the piece. It took Christie and director Pier Luigi Pizzi three years to mount Monteverdi's three operas together. The result
was a production full of elegance and beauty.
Performed in a new edition of the Venetian version of the opera by the musicologist Jonathan Cable, Poppea features a starry cast. Playing the upwardly mobile temptress of the opera's title is the glamorous American soprano Danielle de Niese, who, in the words of the New York Times, is "seductive enough to woo gods as well as mortals".
In an interpretation described as "overwhelming" by El Pais, the capricious Emperor Nero (Nerone) is embodied by French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky. The brilliant Croatian countertenor Max Emanuel Cencic plays Nerone's rival for Poppea's love, Ottone, while Nerone's discarded wife Ottavia, is sung by the Italian mezzo soprano Anna Bonitatibus, described by Forumopera as "an incandescent Ottavia who vouchsafed a superb example of singing and of theatre".
Works on This Recording
L'Incoronazione di Poppea by Claudio Monteverdi
Anna Bonitatibus (Mezzo Soprano),
Philippe Jaroussky (Countertenor),
Danielle De Niese (Soprano),
Max Emanuel Cencic (Countertenor),
Antonio Abete (Bass),
Ana Quintans (Soprano)
Les Arts Florissants
Written: 1642; Venice, Italy
Average Customer Review: ( 2 Customer Reviews )
Superbe ! May 11, 2012
By Pierre Chapus (Montréal, QC) See All My Reviews
"Un merveilleux moment de musique. William Christie est ici au mieux de son art et soutient de façon splendide le jeux et le chant des acteurs. Un achat hautement recommandé. Pierre Chapus, Montréal."
Superlative April 12, 2012
By Patricia N. (Olinda, Victoria) See All My Reviews
"It was absolutely magical listening to this recording.One of my favorites made even more special."