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Monteverdi: L'Incoronazione Di Poppea [DVD] [2012]

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  • Format: Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: PLG UK Classics
  • DVD Release Date: 2 April 2012
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,560 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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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.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous Monteverdi! 7 Feb 2013
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Many years ago, I attended a study day on 'Poppea' at the British Museum. It was a wonderful day, ending with a concert performance amid the Elgin Marbles. I have loved the opera since then, and have two CD versions amongst my collection. With this DVD, the glorious Philippe Jaroussky and Daniele De Niese have rekindled my love for the work; their performances are truly superb. But not only PJ and DdN, the wonderful Max Emanuel Cencic, Anna Bonitatibus and all the singers are a joy. Buy without hesitation, if only for the final, utterly glorious, duet between Nerone and Poppea.
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A superb performance from Christie and the singers, catching the seriousness, the comedy and the breathtaking sensuality of Monteverdi's music. It is such a relief to have a production that does not irritate with intrusive 'stage business'. Even more of a relief that this very great opera has not been bowdlerised and twisted by an arrogant and insensitive director imposing his/her own pointless 'concept' on it. (I remember with distaste a frightful David Alden production that treated it throughout as a 'black comedy'.)
The production is not perfect but the flaws are minor. Why is Jaroussky, as Nero, given black and white make-up a la Vampire? Presumably to signal that he is a sinister character. But that is unnecessary since Monteverdi has written this into the music and Jaroussky is well able to bring this out in his performance. Why is Cupid sung by a grown woman, dressed as such? This jars since s/he is addressed as a boy late in the opera.
All in all, though, this is a breathtaking performance. Buy it and watch it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fine casting in timeless production 1 Jun 2014
By Jorge
Updating Baroque opera can often be controversial and there is no question that some silly costumes is going to challenge some traditionalists. It is a highly stylized and timeless production of Monteverdi's ultimate opera. Gods and humans, comic and intensely serious characters are brought together in a sort of Baroque version of Rome. The sets consist of a rotating centre stage of white and black marble, all pillars and columns, with mirrors at each side of the stage, reflecting the sets. It is a beautiful production, neither traditional naturalistic nor avant-garde provocation. The major weakness is some silly and absurd costumes among the otherwise beautiful, timeless costumes. Lucano and Nerone's duet in praise of Poppea's charms is staged as a homosexual relationship. It is not in the libretto, but certainly fits Nerone, the most unpleasant character in an opera full of dislikeable people.

Danielle de Niese is an obvious choice to play Poppea, but her singing is not completely outstanding. She reveals a pleasing lightish soprano with a distinctive quick vibrato that can grow edgy under pressure. In style an unwelcome element creeps in, with a croony plaintiveness. Philippe Jaroussky as Nerone is convincing, sweet toned and controlled, pressed only at the very top. Anna Bonitatibus is a splendid Ottavia, very moving. Max Emanuel Cencic is on fine form as Poppea's former lover, Ottone. His poetic lament singing is superb, and his knack for portraying explosive vengefulness does not preclude intelligent musicality. The noble Seneca of Antonio Abete clearly comes across as the moral hero of the opera. Ana Quintans is a dream Drusilla. William Christie conducts Les Arts Florissants in playing that is at once historically informed and always alive.

The image quality is clear, fine for Standard Definition. A disappointment is the absence of any informative printed material.
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