L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Claudio Monteverdi
While L’Incoronazione di Poppea is based on a number of historical facts, Monteverdi did not hesitate to take certain liberties with History in order to lend it a depth close to that of Greek and Shakespearean tragedies.
This operatic piece feverishly oscillates between myth and reality, confronting the triviality of marital infidelities with the sublime of the uncontrollable forces to which the characters are subjected. The cuts in the score specific to this production were carefully selected so as to respect the dramaturgical outline sketched by Monteverdi, exclusively following the Venice manuscript.
The composer transcends the tragedy of death with universal, timeless truths: L’Incoronazione di Poppea fascinates contemporary audiences as if it had recently been composed. This is why we have chosen to set the events in an imaginary time and space, a fantastical Ancient Rome, in which every spectator is likely to identify with, as he would with a mythological tale.
The choice of a small group of ancient and modern instruments to accompany the vocal score stems from this same axis of proximity to the audience, a bountiful combination of Louis le Grand’s students and seasoned opera lovers: a harpsichord, viola da gamba, flute and harp - instruments capable of extending the universal timelessness of the libretto's affetti.
Our intention is above all to pay homage to the libretto’s dramatic potency as well as to the musical score: to serve this piece as if it had recently been composed.
Émilie Rault, April 2012
Théâtre Louis le Grand
Pur ti miro...
Saskia Salembier: Poppea
Fabien Hyon: Nerone
Sandra Darcel: Ottavia
Nathanaël Kahn: Seneca
Rémi Muller: Ottone
Cécile Pierrot: Drusilla
Amal Allaoui: Amore
Maxime Saïu : Soldier
Stéphane Robert: Soldier / Libertus / Famigliari I
Juan Antonio Nogueira: Soldier
Léopold Laforge: Famigliari III
Juan Antonio Nogueira: Soldier / Famigliari I
Sylvain Pias: The Oracle / Famigliari II / Lictor
Flore Fruchart: Ensemble
Floriana Pezzolo: Ensemble
Marine Chagnon: Ensemble
Julie Schoonover: Ensemble
Léo Muscat: Consul
Clémentine Albessard: Viola da Gamba
Elsa Lovat: Flute
Eri Hatanaka: Harp
Émilie Rault: Artistic management / Staging
Claire Hamon: Conductor / Harpsichord
Cédric Ascencio: Lighting
Laure Becquignon: Costumes
Frédérick André-Contois : Orchestration
Fanny Pytkiewivz: Makeup / Hair
Matthew Grabelsky: Set construction and props
Nicolas Rault: Set construction
Shane Wolf: Graphic design
Production: L'Œuvre d'Art Vivant
Acknowledgements: Isabelle Marina, Christian Patou, Dru Franck
Photos by Kenza Boda