Monteverdi L'incoronazione di Poppea

Academy of Ancient Music / Howarth

4 October 2014 / 19:00

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Please note: due to a recent cast change, Lynne Dawson will be replacing Anna Caterina Antonacci in the role of Poppea.

Also, regretfully the Academy of Ancient Music’s Music Director, Richard Egarr, has had to withdraw from the concert for family reasons. We are delighted to announce that Robert Howarth will now direct the performance.

Monteverdi’s most sensuous – and scandalous- opera performed in concert by Robert Howarth, the Academy of Ancient Music and a stellar cast.

The story of the Emperor Nero’s intrigues, and the rise of his mistress Poppea is supposedly a cautionary tale. But L’incoronazione di Poppea (1643) tells that story in music of such beauty that audiences regularly find themselves seduced. Robert Howarth directs the Academy of Ancient Music and a world-class cast.

Power corrupts; but love can corrupt absolutely, and Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea proves that point in music so dangerously seductive that it can still shock today. Following on from last year’s L’Orfeo, this second part of the Barbican’s three-year Monteverdi opera cycle is the first of three baroque programmes this season exploring the themes of Love, War, Betrayal and Intrigue. The Academy of Ancient Music are joined by leading modern exponents of these roles: Sarah Connolly sings Nerone, while Lynne Dawson's expressive soprano makes her a natural fit for the role of Poppea..

6pm, Fountain Room
Pre-concert talk with Anthony Pryer (Goldsmiths, University of London)
Concert timings

7pm – 8.30pm Act 1 & Act 2
8.50pm – 10pm Act 3

Programme & Performers

Monteverdi L'incoronazione di Poppea
Semi-staged performance

Academy of Ancient Music
Robert Howarth
Alexander Oliver stage director
Lynne Dawson Poppea
Sarah Connolly Nerone
Sophie Junker Drusilla/Virtu
Daniela Lehner Amore/Damigella
Marina de Liso Ottavia
Matthew Rose Seneca
Iestyn Davies Ottone
Andrew Tortise Arnalta
Vicki St Pierre Nutrice
Elmar Gilbertsson Lucano/2nd Soldier
Gwilym Bowen Valletto/1st Soldier/Highest Familiari
Richard Latham Liberto/Middle Familiari
Charmian Bedford Fortuna
Phillip Tebb Littore/Bass Familiari

More Baroque at the Barbican:
Thu 25 Sep - Monteverdi Choir
Fri 10 Oct - The English Concert / Handel Alcina
Sat 18 Oct - The Grand Tour: Handel in London
Sun 9 Nov - The English Concert / Elizabeth Watts
Tue 18 Nov - Les Arts Florissants / Rameau
Sat 6 Dec - King's College Choir / Bach Magnificat
Wed 10 Dec - Handel Messiah
Sat 27 Dec - Glorious Handel by Candlelight

This event is part of:
Academy of Ancient Music 2014-15

Produced by the Barbican in association with the Academy of Ancient Music


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