Monteverdi – Bella: L'incoronazione di Poppea (13 March 2021, 8:00 p.m.)

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On 13 March 2021, from 8:00 p.m. CET, an exciting fusion opera, L'incoronazione di Poppea by Claudio Monteverdi arranged by Máté Bella and directed by András Almási-Tóth can be viewed in the Opera Stream series.

L'incoronazione di Poppea (1642) is Monteverdi's final opera, but the first piece of opera literature that diverts from mythological themes and focuses on a historical plot and figures. Poppea, a heroine of ancient Rome is the lover of Emperor Nero. However, their mutual attraction is hindered by position of the emperor and the fact that they are both married to someone else. The eager and determined Poppea does everything to achieve her goal: the throne. 

Director András Almási-Tóth places the timeless plot inspired by history into today's world with the help of sets by Lili Izsák and costumes by Krisztina Lisztopád. The main roles are sung by Bori Keszei (Poppea), Tibor Szappanos (Nero), Andrea Szántó (Ottavia), Krisztián Cser (Ottone) and Péter Fried (Seneca). To enhance the timelessness of the piece, the opera can be heard with the orchestrations by composer Máté Bella commissioned by the Hungarian State Opera. The production also features a jazz quintet formed by musicians of Modern Art Orchestra led by Kornél Fekete-Kovács. The Hungarian state Opera Orchestra is conducted by Gergely Vajda.

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