A wonderful production
- Monteverdi: L'Incoronazione Di Poppea: Glyndebourne Festival Opera review by DW
Glyndebourne has done itself proud with this performance of Monteverdi's opera. Maria Ewing sings and acts quite beautifully and certainly looks the part of Poppea. Utterly beguiling. As Nero, Dennis Bailey is in fine voice and the rest of the cast match the leads in keeping up very high standards as do the orchestral players. Peter Hall's staging is imaginative, especially in the way he allows the gods, after their initial prologue, to be positioned on high as if in the heavens looking down on the vagaries of the all too human protagonists
.I have seen live staged performances of this opera as well as others on DVD but I do think this matches any previously experienced. It's interesting that this particular 1984 production doesn't seem to have dated at all which is much to the credit of Peter Hall especially, I'm sure.
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