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Incoronazione di Poppea 1978Zurich Opera

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1978 marked Peter Diamand's final Festival, and many of his old colleagues returned for the occasion. The opera programme seems astonishingly generous by more recent standards. The previous season's 'house' staging of Carmen was repeated. Scottish Opera revived its superb Pelléas et Mélisande, while the Frankfurt Opera brought a good cast in a staging of Kátya Kabanová. There was also a first visit by the Zürich Opera, bringing their cycle of the three full-length Monteverdi operas, L'Orfeo, L'incoronazione di Poppea and Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria.

Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Jean-Pierre Ponnelle collaborated on a cycle of the three surviving full-length Monteverdi operas at Zürich, which then toured several European festivals. Most of the large cast of performers were excellent. However the Edinburgh performances were not ideal, partly due to poor sightlines in the King’s Theatre, particularly from upper parts of the house, and more because of the surprisingly unsubtle style of humour and design chosen by Ponnelle – not one of his better efforts. But Eric Tappy, Rachel Yakar, Trudeliese Schmidt and Matti Salminen all made a strong impression. It was also good to see three Brits, Paul Esswood, Alexander Oliver and Elizabeth Gale, making a brief return home.

Performance Cast

Fortuna Goddess of Fortune

Renate Lenhart

Virtù Goddess of Virtue

Helrun Gardow

Amore Cupid

Andreas Riedman

First Soldier of Nero's bodyguard

Peter Straka

Second Soldier of Nero's bodyguard

Fritz Peter

Poppea Nero's mistress

Rachel Yakar

Nerone Nero, Emperor of Rome

Eric Tappy

Ottavia Octavia, Empress, Nero's wife

Trudeliese Schmidt

Ottone Otto, former lover of Poppea

Paul Esswood

Seneca a philosopher, Nero's former tutor

Matti Salminen

Drusilla Otto's lover

Elizabeth Gale

Nutrice Octavia's nurse

Maria Minetto

Arnalta Poppea's nurse

Alexander Oliver

Liberto a freedman (former slave)

Rudolf A Hartmann

Valletto page in Octavia's household

Peter Keller

Damigella maidservant in Octavia's household

Suzanne Calabro

Lucano Lucan, a poet

Philippe Huttenlocher

Performance DatesIncoronazione di Poppea 1978

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King's Theatre, Edinburgh | Edinburgh

3 Sep, 19.30 5 Sep, 19.30

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