Synopsis by Nathan Southern
Claudio Monteverdi's swan song, the tragic opera L'Incoronazione di Poppea, weaves its tale of the doomed, tempestuous affair between the Satanically immoral Emperor Nero and the bawdy, Machiavellian Poppea. Acclaimed theatrical director Peter Hall mounted L'Incoronazione at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera in 1984 and filmed the live stage production; the program first aired on the BBC, but at-home audiences can watch it again and again in this new release, which captures the magic of the original production. Maria Ewing interprets the title role, with Dennis Bailey as Nero, Cynthia Clarey as Octavia, and Robert Lloyd as Seneca.
opera, espionage, love, royalty, seduction