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Monteverdi: L'Incoronazione Di Poppea (Opus Arte: OABD7105D) [Blu-ray] [2010]


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  • Actors: Baroque Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Miah Persson, Sarah Connolly, Jordi Domènech, Franz-Josef Selig
  • Format: Classical, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Catalan
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Mar 2012
  • Run Time: 183 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007DCI07S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,313 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Love conquers all ruthlessly and irresistibly as Emperor Nero and his mistress Poppea remove the obstacles to their union. At Barcelonas Gran Teatre del Liceu David Aldens visually sumptuous production, with its suggestions of a giant game of chess, puts the operas potent blend of sex and politics in a context that sets ancient against modern just as the action juxtaposes scurrilous comedy and stark drama. Monteverdis magnificent score, meanwhile, accommodates intrigue, wit, nobility, tragedy and sensuality, and, led by the intense Sarah Connolly and the delectable Miah Persson, the cast brings both drama and music startlingly to life.

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It exposes the viewer to reflect and be renewed, and with daring and elegance unfolds with the possibilities offered by Baroque opera in modern culture. --El Punt

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles TOP 50 REVIEWER on 2 April 2012
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This lively and inventive production by David Alden grabs the attention from the opening moments and never lets go until the final curtain. The staging is mostly minimalist, the costumes are frequently bizarre and the use of lighting is dramatically incisive. The singers are universally superb, the acting is inspirational and the orchestral contribution under the leadership of Harry Bicket is faultless. Need more be said? Well yes .....

The story is, of course, essentially about extreme characters doing extreme things and this element is allowed full rein. The use of minimalist props and scenery throws the dramatic weight onto the singers/actors. The main prop could be described as the lighting which is constantly used to great effect to highlight the characters as appropriate and to segment the stage/scenery in order for the action to have greatest impact.

The use of extreme costuming is entirely appropriate within this concept with the celestial bodies being the most bizarre. The supporting roles such as the double casting of Arnalta and Ottavia's nurse, both wonderfully portrayed with great humour by Dominique Visse, are also strikingly colourful. The least unusual costumes are worn by the leading roles of Nero, Poppea, Seneca, Ottavia and Ottone which strangely gives them the outward appearance of greater normality and thus strengthens their dramatic viability. The minor supporting roles are all imaginatively attired to underline their individual roles within the drama.

There is a great deal of humour in this production which balances the main grim narrative. Changes of pace are frequent and are often considerable which underlines the dangerously unstable situation being enacted.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Sillitoe on 26 Feb 2013
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This is the second DVD of this opera to be released in as many months; sadly both are modernised productions, with evening ware seaming to be the chosen costume for both! Although there are some rather peculiar sets and costumes too, not least Cupid singing whilst sat on what for all intensive purposes are a revolving door! It would be nice once in a while, for a production of an opera, especially a baroque opera, to be staged in costumes appropriate or the time the opera was set in!
The story of this opera revolves around Poppea and her schemes to become Nero's wife, and therefore empress. As a piece of storytelling, it works well, with both the comedic and the dramatic aspects being brought out well. Throughout the singers are excellent, there is not a single weak link, with even the least in the cast being really good singers and actors. I particularly enjoyed Sarah Connolly as Nero and Franz-Joseph Selig as Seneca, but as I have said, all are excellent in this stellar cast. The singers are ably backed up by the instrumentalists and the conductor Harry Bicket.
It is easy to forgive the foibles of David Alden, the director of the opera, and his costume and set designers, especially when the performance if so good, the production positively zings! So much so that when Nero and Poppea sing their famous love duet at the end of the opera, you wish it didn't have to end!
The extras are a cast gallery and an illustrated synopsis which is helpful as there is none in the booklet; neither is there a track listing, which would have been good, if only to tell you know who is singing what! However, despite the drawbacks of this production, this is a wonderful performance and one I don't hesitate in recommending!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary on 23 May 2012
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Hate the production; love the music. The orchestra and singers were excellent or very good (except Dominique Visse who irritates me). Sarah Connolly and Miah Persson were amazing. I would have loved to have seen them in another production.
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