(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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
L'Incoronazione di Poppea has been made possible by a generous gift from Carol and Warner Henry.
Frederica von Stade
AMOR / DAMIGELLA
VIRTU / PALLADE
MERCURIO / 1ST TRIBUNE
1ST SOLDIER / LUCANO / 2ND FRIEND / 1ST CONSUL
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
4 hours 15 minutes
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 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/