MONTEVERDI L`Inconorazione di Poppea. Philippe Jaroussky, Danielle de Niese, Anna Bonitatibus, Max Emanuel Cencic, Les Arts Florissants / William Christie. Virgin 2 DVD

Shipped within 2 weeks

Now: £13.75 Ex VAT: £11.46

Was: £16.60

View all titles in this special offer


MONTEVERDI L'Inconorazione di Poppea

Philippe Jaroussky, Danielle de Niese, Anna Bonitatibus, Max Emanuel Cencic

Les Arts Florissants / William Christie

The culmination of a three-year Monteverdi project led by conductor William Christie and director Pier Luigi Pizzi at Madrid’s Teatro Réal, L’incoronazione di Poppea brings a potent blend of sex and politics, high drama and comedy. Leading the cast are Danielle de Niese as Poppea, Philippe Jaroussky as Nerone, Max Emanuel Cencic as Ottone and Anna Bonitatibus as Ottavia.

William Christie – the French-based American conductor, best known for his work with his ensemble Les Arts Florissants – started 2012 at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, conducting The Enchanted Island, a spectacular new pastiche featuring music by Handel, Vivaldi and other composers,.

Here, he conducts an operatic performance recorded in 2010 at Madrid’s Teatro Réal: Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, with its potent Ancient Roman blend of sex and politics, high drama and comedy. “William Christie’s achievement with Les Arts Florissants is enormous,” wrote Spain’s leading newspaper, El País. “With 17 musicians playing period instruments, he evoked a veritable orgy of nuances, subtly created atmosphere and showed a perfect sense for the accents of the piece.” Poppea proved an apt culmination to Christie’s three-year project mounting Monteverdi’s three operas in Madrid with the Italian director Pier Luigi Pizzi, whose productions are always notable for their elegance and beauty.

Performed in a new edition of the Venetian version of the opera by the musicologist Jonathan Cable, Poppea features a starry cast. Playing the upwardly mobile temptress of the opera’s title is the glamorous American soprano Danielle de Niese, who, in the words of the New York Times, is “seductive enough to woo gods as well as mortals”. She made her international breakthrough at Glyndebourne as another legendary siren of the First Century AD – Cleopatra (in Handel’s Giulio Cesare). In an interpretation described as “overwhelming” by El País, the capricious Emperor Nero (Nerone) is embodied by French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky – in a role very different from the last operatic Roman he took on for Christie, the titular saint in Landi’s Sant’Alessio (Virgin Classics DVD 5189999). The brilliant Croatian countertenor Max Emanuel Cencic is a frequent sparring partner for his French colleague – not least in a recent Virgin CD of duetti da camera conducted by William Christie – and in Sant’Alessio he played Jaroussky’s mother (!); here he plays Nerone’s rival for Poppea’s love, Ottone, while Nerone’s discarded wife, Ottavia, is sung by the Italian mezzo soprano Anna Bonitatibus, described by Forumopera as “an incandescent Ottavia who vouchsafed a superb example of singing and of theatre”.

Virgin 2DVDs 0709519

Customer Reviews
Monteverdi L Inconorazione Di Poppea Florissants William Christie Virgin Dvd
Review this Product

Write Your Own Review
You're reviewing: Monteverdi L Inconorazione Di Poppea Florissants William Christie Virgin Dvd

Rate*

Only registered users can write reviews. Please, log in or register

United Kingdom

Pay no more than £3 per order. All orders sent by Royal Mail 1st Class. 

Box sets - Depending on the product packaging, box sets are not charged at the full rate.

£1.00 per CD up to £3.00 (e.g. a 2 CD set will be charged as £2.00)
DVDs are charged as 2 CDs. 

European Countries (All shipped by Airmail only)

£2.00 for the first CD, thereafter 50p.


Box sets - Depending on the product packaging, box sets are not charged at the full rate.
DVDs are charged as 2 CDs. 

European Countries (All shipped by Airmail only)

£2.25 for the first CD, thereafter £1.00 per CD


Box sets - Depending on the product packaging, box sets are not charged at the full rate.
DVDs are charged as 2 CDs. 

Rest of the World (Shipped by Airmail Only)

£1.25 for the first CD, thereafter 75p


Box sets - Depending on the product packaging, box sets are not charged at the full rate.
DVDs are charged as 2 CDs. 

Rest of world (Shipped by Airmail only)

£2.00 for the first CD, thereafter 50p per CD


Box sets - Depending on the product packaging, box sets are not charged at the full rate.
DVDs are charged as 2 CDs. 

Rest of world (Shipped by Airmail only)

£2.25 for the first CD, thereafter £1.00 per CD


Box sets - Depending on the product packaging, box sets are not charged at the full rate.
DVDs are charged as 2 CDs. 

Austrailia (Shipped by Airmail only)

£1.75 for the first CD, thereafter £1.00 per CD


Box sets - Depending on the product packaging, box sets are not charged at the full rate.
DVDs are charged as 2 CDs.