Dicover L’Incoronazione di Poppea, the last and most surprising composition from Monteverdi’s long career in opera.

Only three works remain from Monteverdi’s long career in opera. L’Incoronazione di Poppea is the last one, it was created in Venice in 1642 and Monteverdi is even more surprising in this last opera than in all his previous compositions.

First, there is the plot (inspired from Antiquity): the conquest of power by Nero’s mistress, Poppea, who foregoes no crime to reach her ends. Then, Busenello’s extremely theatrical and dramatic libretto, remarkably efficient in evoking plots and dramas as in the comedy scenes interspersed in the score. Finally Monteverdi’s music, splendid from beginning to end, has touched the heart for four centuries.  

The National Opera of Lyon decided to revive Klaus Michael Grüber’s landmark staging, designed for the 2010 Aix en Provence Festival, with the conductor Sébastien d’Hérin, recently acclaimed for his recording of Scylla and Glaucus by Leclair.        



Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
l’Incoronazione di Poppea (Le Couronnement de Poppée)

Opera in three acts with a prologue on a libretto by Giovanni Franceso Busenello
First performed in 1642 in Venice

With surtitles in English & French



  • Solistes du Studio de l’Opéra de Lyon
  • Josefine Göhmann Poppée (19 April) / Drusilla, Virtu (20 April) 
  • Emilie Rose Bry Drusilla, Virtu (19 April) / Poppée (20 April)
  • Laura Zigmantaite Nerone
  • Elli Vallinoja Ottavia
  • Aline Kostrewa Ottone
  • André Gass Arnalta
  • Rocio Perez Damigella, Amore
  • Katherine Aitken Fortuna, Valletto
  • Pawel Kolodziej Seneca
  • Oliver Johnston Lucano, Soldato II
  • James Hall Famigliare I, Pallade
  • Brenton Spiteri Famigliare II, Mercurio, Soldato I
  • Aaron O'Hare Famigliare III
  • Pierre Héritier Littore, Liberto
  • Les Nouveaux Caractères
  • Sébastien d’Hérin Conductor
  • Klaus Michael Grüber Mise en scène 
  • Gilles Aillaud Décors 

practical information

Royal Opera

Wednesday 19 April 2017 – 8pm

Thursday 20 April 2017 – 8pm

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