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The Coronation of Poppea

Claudio Monteverdi

New production
in coproduction with Opéra National de Paris


Teatro alla Scala Orchestra


From 1 to 27 February 2015

Running Time: 3 hours 20 minutes intermission included

Sung in Italian with electronic libretto in Italian, English

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With our eyes still focussed on the Hades that is revealed through bands of shadow in Orpheus, the archaic stylization of The Return of Ulysses to His Homeland, Robert Wilson completes the Monteverdi “trilogy” for La Scala with his latest opera: The Coronation of Poppea. It was written in 1642, at the dawn of lyric opera, for one of the first public theatres in Venice. To attract large audiences, the brilliant librettist-protester Gian Francesco Busenello penned a tale of sex and power that is not unlike a modern soap opera, one of those with a huge following. In the history of music, it is the first “historical” title, which speaks about people who really lived (Nero, Seneca) and about a recurring theme in the human condition: the social climber who uses her womanly wiles on a powerful man to separate him from his wife and the good counsellors attempting to dissuade him, so that she could become empress. Once again, the baton of Rinaldo Alessandrini takes on this very long opera, which had to be reconstructed almost from scratch, because Monteverdi left the score incomplete, with bare lines of singing, without harmonies and instrumentation, apart from a few refrains.


Rinaldo Alessandrini
Staging, sets and lights
Robert Wilson
Staging collaborator
Tilman Hecker
Set Design collaborator
Annick Lavallée-Benny
Choreographic movements collaborator
Fani Sarantari
Jacques Reynaud
Light designer
A.J. Weissbard
Ellen Hammer


Leonardo Cortellazzi
Poppea / La Fortuna
Miah Persson
La Virtù / Ottavia
Monica Bacelli
Silvia Frigato
Sara Mingardo
Lucano, 1° soldato, 2° famigliare, 2° console
Luca Dordolo
2° soldato, Liberto, 1° tribuno
Furio Zanasi
Adriana Di Paola
Giuseppe De Vittorio
Andrea Concetti
Valletto, 1° console
Mirko Guadagnini
Maria Celeng
Mercurio, Littore, 3° famigliare, 2° tribuno
Luigi De Donato
Monica Piccinini
1° famigliare
Andrea Arrivabene
Teatro alla Scala