Claudio Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea

Opera production
Oper L'Incoronazione Di Poppea | © Judith Buss
In Claudio Monteverdi's opera musicale, Emperor Nero in 62 AD has just gotten rid of his influential mother Agrippina by murder and is also tired of his wife Octavia. Only eleven days after the divorce he married Poppea, whom he loves passionately. Monteverdi's ambivalent, abysmal opera centers on Poppea's coronation as empress, and concludes with one of the most beautiful and touching duets in opera history.
Musical direction
gernot Sahler Scenic direction
alexander von Pfeil Stage & Costumes
wanda Stiegler & Selina Nowak Dramaturgy
malte Krasting Music
chamber Orchestra of the Mozarteum University

About production

The "foundation of truth" mattered a great deal to Claudio Monteverdi when he composed for the operatic stage; more than that, it was the only category to which he adhered as a music dramatist. In the 35 years between his first opera, L'Orfeo, and his last, L'incoronazione di Poppea, he often commented, also in writing, on this fundamental problem of opera composition. His comments on opera designs were always aimed at the truthfulness of the characters and at the meaningful use of music as a credible expression of emotions. It seems that the first important opera composer in the history of music found the desired conditions for the creation of truthful opera characters late in his life. In his last opera, Monteverdi came up with a drastic innovation. The plot is based on a historical subject, i.e. dramatic characters could not be more truthful and closer to reality than those figures around the Roman emperor Nero, who had actually existed in history. The opera L'incoronazione di Poppea therefore has the distinction of being the first opera with a realistic plot.

Dates & Cast

27. June 2022, 7 p.m. June
, 2022, 7 p.m. June 30, 2022, 7 p.m.
July 1, 2022, 7 p.m
. Max Schlereth Hall
Fortuna / Pallade / Coro d'amori: Yeaseul Park Virtù / Damigella: Charlotte Langner Amore / Valletto: Serafina Starke (27.6., 28.6., 30.6. & 1.7.) Leila Alexander (study assignment) Poppea: Veronika Loy (27.6. & 30.6.), Margarita Polonskaia (28.6. & 1.7.) Nerone: Lyriel Benameur (27.6. & 30.6.), Daehwan Kim (28.6. & 1.7.) Ottavia: Tamara Obermayr (27.6. & 6/30), Tamara Nüßl (6/28 & 7/1) Ottone: Constantin Zimmermann (6/27 & 6/30), Taesung Kim (6/28. & 1.7.) Seneca: Kuan-Ming Chen (27.6., 28.6., 30.6. & 1.7.) Dominik Schumertl (study assignment) Drusilla: Hee-Kyung Park Nutrice: Ilya Dovnar (27.6. & 30.6.), Kirill Novokhatko (28.6. & 1.7.) Arnalta / Venere / Lucano / Soldier 1: Johannes Hubmer Liberto / Soldier 2: Chanyoung Kim Mercurio / Littore: Xiaofei Liu Famigliari: Ilya Dovnar, Franz Gfüllner, Livia Hübel, Franz Schilling Choral Ensemble: Goar Asatrian, Ilya Dovnar, Franz Gfüllner, Livia Hübel, Laura Obermair, Anja Rechberger, Franz Schilling
Violin 1: Florian Moser, Songao Wu Violin 2: Ana Sešek, Yiming Liu Viola: Daniel Medina Violoncello: Francesco Pinosa Harpsichord / Organ: Arianna Radaelli, Margit Jassó (organ), Juliane Sophie Ritzmann Viola da Gamba: Réka Nagy Violone: Nicholas Kleinman Lute / Baroque guitar: Hans Brüderl Theorbo: Jakob Wagner Baroque trombone: Hannes Schrötter Recorder: Clara Starzetz, Ivett Lajkó, Isabella Engl, Julia Ziegler Cornett: Matthijs Lunenburg, Noemi Müller
Program booklet for "L*Incoronazione Di Poppea
Veronika Loy moves her colorful soprano seemingly effortlessly through the part of Poppea ... To lift a Poppea of this quality is remarkable.

— Florian Oberhummer, Salzburger Nachrichten (June 28, 2022)