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Incoronazione di Poppea 2017Edinburgh International Festival

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2017 is the 70th year of the Edinburgh Festival, and the opera programme is a celebratory one with a distinctly expanded line-up of nine works. For the first time for ages, we have a residency by a major visiting company, the Teatro Regio, Torino, with Macbeth, the opera that opened that first Festival back in 1947, and La bohème. never before seen at the Festival, and a work that was launched at the Teatro Regio back in 1896. Scottish Opera provide a new staging of Greek, Turnage's ground-breaking piece that was a Festival co-commission in 1988. There is also a strongly cast  staging of Don Giovanni.

The operas to be performed in concert include Die Walküre, the second of the Festival's survey of the Ring, as well as Peter Grimes. The 450th anniversary of Monteverdi's birth is celebrated with a trilogy of concerts in which John Eliot Gardiner conducts L'Orfeo, Il ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria and.L'incoronazione di Poppea, seen together in Edinburgh for the first time since 1978.

There are three further events, not part of the opera programme, but which should be highlighted. No Festival visit is complete without a morning concert at the Queen's Hall. Here there is a prelude to the Monteverdi event in the form of Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda in a recently discovered transcription by Heinrich Schütz. The gloriously dramatic Damnation of Faust by Berlioz is performed by Mark Elder and the Hallé, while the Festival continues its exploration of rare Elgar with a revival of the cantata King Olaf.

The Monteverdi performances are acted out in modern dress, without scenery. The abbreviated cast list shown is speculative, based on advertising for another performance earlier on the tour, at Lucerne. All the singers have been seen in the previous two operas, so it is likely to be accurate.

Performance Cast

Fortuna Goddess of Fortune

Hana Blažiková

Virtù Goddess of Virtue

Anna Dennis

Amore Cupid

Silvia Frigato

Poppea Nero's mistress

Hana Blažiková

Nerone Nero, Emperor of Rome

Kangmin Justin Kim

Ottone Otto, former lover of Poppea

Carlo Vistoli

Seneca a philosopher, Nero's former tutor

Gianluca Buratto

Drusilla Otto's lover

Anna Dennis

Arnalta Poppea's nurse

Lucile Richardot

Valletto page in Octavia's household

Silvia Frigato

Pallade Pallas Athene, goddess of wisdom and justice

Anna Dennis

Mercurio Mercury, messenger of the Gods

John Taylor Ward

Venere Venus, goddess of love

Lucile Richardot

Littore Lictor

John Taylor Ward

Performance DatesIncoronazione di Poppea 2017

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Usher Hall | Edinburgh

17 Aug, 19.00

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