L'Incoronazione di Poppea
Claudio Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea, the third of his three surviving operas, rightly occupies an elevated position in the history of the genre. It is a masterpiece of text setting and musical invention, at a time when opera as we know it today was very new, and certainly not performed in anything like the same way. Monteverdi was blessed to be able to set a particularly fine libretto, written Giovanni Busenello, perhaps the first great opera librettist, and Da Ponte's literary forefather.
For HGO, performing this wonderful work is a very important milestone, particularly given that we coincide with the 450th anniversary of Monteverdi's birth. Indeed, we will be performing it on Monteverdi's exact birthday, Thursday 18th May. This production also marks the first time that HGO will perform an opera in its original language (other than English), together with the first time that we will perform with surtitles. This is an indication of our pledge as a training opera company to give our singers a complete experience of performing opera, as well as giving our audiences a presentation of this work with not only the authentic music, but also the authentic text.
HGO will be joined by an array of period instruments for Poppea; two harpsichords, chamber organ, two theorbos, viola da gamba, violone and violins. This promises to be a vibrant and exciting production of one of the greatest works of art of the seventeenth century, and one not to be missed.
Oliver John Ruthven, Principal Music Director of Hampstead Garden Opera, is a conductor, harpsichordist and singer who has worked with companies such as The Royal Ballet, The Monteverdi Choir, and the Hallé Youth Choir, and is a member of the English Baroque Soloists. He has led the company since 2008 in an exciting and diverse range of repertoire spanning over 400 years, from Monteverdi's L'Orfeo (1609) to Jonathan Dove's Mansfield Park (2011). In 2016, he was Head of Music Staff for English Touring Opera's Autumn season, a position he will return to in Autumn 2017.
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