The Los Angeles Operas' L'incoronazione di Poppea Opens at The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion

(LOS ANGELES, CA) November 25 - Tonight was the opening of The Los Angeles Operas'L 'Incoronazione di Poppea - The Coronation of  Poppea at The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center Complex.

Frederica von Stade

This timeless, rarely performed baroque opera, with a running time of 4 hour and 15 minutes was composed in 1642 by Claudio Monteverdi - who could justifiably be called the godfather of opera!

Kurt Streit (Nero) and Susan Graham (Poppea)

The staging was lush and vibrant all be it Spartan.  The music, conducted by Harry Bicket was superb. The costumes by Oscar winning Emi Wada were magnificent. The voices were buttery smooth and powerful as they sang enchanting love songs and heart-rending laments. The fabulous direction of Pierre Audi was high brow enough to appeal to the sophisticates in the audience yet accessible to the common man who has little understanding to the world of opera. The lighting by Jean Kalman was powerful and added drama. I recommend that you go to the PRE-PERFORMANCE LECTURE which is given one hour prior to each performance by the enthusiastic informative Michael Hackett.

Reinhard Hagen (Seneca) and Levi Hernandez (Mercurio)

For this rarely heard Baroque masterpiece, LA Opera has assembled a peerless cast of international distinction. Director Pierre Audi's celebrated production is conducted by Baroque specialist Harry Bicket.

Marcus Moses (Child Amore) and Hanan Alattar (Amore)

 

Claudio Monteverdi's Baroque masterpiece captures the splendor and corruption of ancient Rome in L 'Incoronazione di Poppea. Shrewd and scheming, Poppea will stop at nothing in her ruthless quest to share the throne with Emperor Nero. Director Pierre Audi's celebrated production from The Netherlands Opera is conducted by Baroque specialist Harry Bicket. The production opens on Saturday, November 25 at 7pm and will run for seven performances through Saturday, December 16, 2006.

 

The cast:

Susan Graham:

Headed by mezzo-soprano Susan Graham as Poppea, making her long- awaited LA Opera stage debut as the scheming mistress of Emperor Nero.


Kurt Streit

Emperor Nero portrayed by the talented handsome tenor Kurt Streit.

 

Frederica von Stade

Mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade this great singing actress will turn up the dramatic intensity as the wronged and regal Empress Ottavia, Nero's neglected Empress.

 

 

David Daniels

'Today's hottest countertenor" David Daniels as is Ottone, Poppea's abandoned lover.

Bass Reinhard Hagen is Seneca, Nero's ill-fated advisor.

Soprano Christine Brandes is Drusilla, who assists Ottone is his revenge against Poppea.

Tenor Christopher Gillet performs the "skirt role" of Arnalta, Poppea's aged nurse and confidante.

Mezzo-soprano Jill Grove is Nutrice, Ottavia's nurse (a role performed on December 16 by Natasha Flores).

The cast also includes sopranos Tonna Miller, Stacey Tappan and Hanan Alattar as the trio of goddesses Fortuna, Virtu and Amor. The scenery is designed by Michael' Simon, with costumes by Academy Award-winning costume designer Emi Wada and lighting designed by Jean Kalman.

Kurt Streit (Nero) and Susan Graham (Poppea)

The surviving operas of Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643), which also include Orfeo and II Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria, are the earliest works in what has become the standard operatic repertory, and Monteverdi is considered to be opera's founding father, the first great operatic composer. Writing during the earliest years of the art form, he helped revolutionize opera during a period of transition, as performances moved from court theaters to opera houses for the paying public. With an emphasis on accessible plots, thrilling drama and virtuoso vocal writing, Monteverdi's works inaugurated a new age in operatic history. His final opera, L 'Incoronazione di Poppea, which premiered in 1643, was the first opera based primarily on historical' rather than purely mythological' subject matter.

Jill Grove (Nutrice), David Daniels (Ottone) and Frederica von Stade (Ottavia)

L'Incoronazione di Poppea opens on Saturday, November 25, 2006 at 7pm. Evening performances will take place at 7pm on November 30 and on December 7, 13 and 16. Matinee performances beginning at 2pm will take place on December 3 and 10. All performances of L'Incoronazione di Poppea are at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Music Center, 135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Tickets range from $30 to $220 and are on sale at the Los Angeles Opera Box Office, by phone at (213) 972-8001 or online at www.laopera.com. For disability access, call (213) 972-0777 or e-mail wehelpyou(cr~laopera.com.

Hanan Alattar (Damigella) and Keith Jameson (Valetto)

L'Incoronazione di Poppea has been made possible by a generous gift from Carol and Warner Henry.

CAST
Susan  Graham
POPPEA
Frederica von Stade
OCTAVIA
Kurt Streit
NERONE
David Daniels
OTTONE
Reinhard Hagen
SENECA
Christine Brandes
DRUSILLA
Jill Grove
NUTRICE
Christopher Gillett
ARNALTA
Keith Jameson
VALLETTO
Tonna Miller
FORTUNA
Hanan Alattar
AMOR / DAMIGELLA
Stacey Tappan
VIRTU / PALLADE
Levi Hernandez
MERCURIO / 1ST TRIBUNE
Nicholas Phan
1ST SOLDIER / LUCANO / 2ND FRIEND / 1ST CONSUL
Daniel Montenegro
2ND SOLDIER / LIBERTO / 2ND FRIEND
Benjamin Von Atrops
LITTORE / 3RD FRIEND / 2ND TRIBUNE /


CONDUCTOR - Harry Bicket
DIRECTOR - Pierre Audi
SET DESIGNER - Michael Simon
COSTUME DESIGNER - Emi Wada
LIGHTING DESIGNER - Jean Kalman
 
RUNNING TIME:
4 hours 15 minutes
 
PRE-PERFORMANCE LECTURE:
One hour prior to each performance.
Michael Hackett will lead the pre-performance lecture.
Pre-performance lectures are generously sponsored by the Flora L. Thornton Foundation and the Opera League of Los Angeles.
 
PRODUCTION NOTES:
Production from The Netherlands Opera
Sung in Italian with English Supertitles
 
Artists and dates subject to change.

Photos by: Robert Millard   

To learn more and to purchase tickets, go to http://www.laopera.com/


 

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