Harnoncourt conducts Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea

Harnoncourt conducts Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea

Monteverdi Ensemble

Production Date: 30/01/1979
164 Min

The Zurich Opera's Monteverdi cycle in the mid-1970s caused a sensation, setting a new standard for how period instruments could be used to bring early music to the stage. Nikolaus Harnoncourt established himself as an important opera conductor, and his favourite director of many years, Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, demonstrated how modern and fresh the works of the first great opera composer in music history could be. Here they turn their hand to Monteverdi's revolutionary L'incoronazione di Poppea. The work was one of the first operas to use as its basis historical rather than legendary events and unflinchingly charts the beautiful Poppea's amorous and political machinations as she tightens extends her power and influence in Emperor Nero's Rome.

Francisco Araiza (Tenor), Klaus Brettschneider (Boy Soprano), Suzanne Calabro (Mezzo-Soprano), Paul Esswood (Countertenor), Helrun Gardow (Mezzo-Soprano), Werner Groeschel (Bass), Rudolf A. Hartmann (Bass-Baritone), Philippe Huttenlocher (Baritone), Peter Keller (Tenor), Renate Lenhart (Mezzo-Soprano), Maria Minetto (Mezzo-Soprano), Alexander Oliver (Tenor), Janet Perry (Soprano), Fritz Peter (Tenor), Matti Salminen (Bass), Trudeliese Schmidt (Mezzo-Soprano), Peter Straka (Tenor), Eric Tappy (Tenor), Rachel Yakar (Soprano)
Monteverdi Ensemble des Opernhauses Zürich
Nikolaus Harnoncourt

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