Monday, 6 October 2014

MonteverdiL'incoronazione di Poppea, Barbican

Robert Howarth conducted The Academy of Ancient Music in a performance of Monteverdi L'incoronazione di Poppea at the Barbican Hall.  Claire Seymour writes in Opera Today:

"Set in the reign of Nero, it depicts the irresistible power and tragic pathos of human love, as the passion of Nero and Poppea ruthlessly sweeps aside all hindrances and finds ultimate fulfilment in the Queen’s coronation. In the Prologue which precedes the three Acts, Fortuna, Virtù and Amor dispute which of them has most power. In this richly sensory and sensual performance by the Academy of Ancient Music under the musical direction of Robert Howarth, there was no doubt that Amor is justified in claiming victory."

Please read the Full review HERE in Opera Today

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