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L'incoronazione di Poppea (2000)

Unrated | | Drama, Music, Romance | TV Movie 25 July 2000
In the prologue Fortune, Virtue and Cupid argue about their respective powers. Love sets out to demonstrate his supremacy, in what follows. In the street outside Poppaea's house, Otho ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Mireille Delunsch ...
Sylvie Brunet ...
Charlotte Hellekant ...
Jean-Paul Fouchécourt ...
Denis Sedov ...
Nicole Heaston ...
Drusilla, Virtù
Cassandre Berthon ...
Damigella, Amore
Allison Cook ...
Fortuna, Valleto
François Piolino ...
Lucano, Soldiere II
Thierry Grégoire ...
Famigliere I, Pallade
Ulas Inan Inaç ...
Famigliere III
Luc Coadou ...
Littore, Liberto
Marc Minkowski ...
Himself - Direction musicale
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Bennett ...
Famigliere II, Mercurio, Soldiere I


In the prologue Fortune, Virtue and Cupid argue about their respective powers. Love sets out to demonstrate his supremacy, in what follows. In the street outside Poppaea's house, Otho complains at her infidelity. He was her lover, but now she is sleeping within with Nero, the Emperor, while his two soldiers guard the house. The couple emerge, as dawn breaks, and sing of their love. With her nurse Arnalta Poppaea reveals her ambition to become Empress, while elsewhere Octavia, Empress, wife of Nero, and of the imperial family of Augustus, laments her husband's desertion. Seneca tries to comfort her, mocked by her page, and is warned by Pallas Athene of his coming death. Nevertheless he dares to advise his old pupil, Nero, that he should not cast aside Octavia. Nero insists that he will go his own way. Otho overhears Nero and Poppaea, he promising to make her Empress and she urging the discarding of Seneca, whose death Nero now orders. Otho is definitively rejected by Poppaea Written by Anonymous

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25 July 2000 (France)  »

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Le couronnement de Poppée  »

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18 June 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

While the Maria Ewing and Cynthia Hayman performances are my personal favourites of L'Incoronazione Di Poppea(a truly remarkable opera), this 2000 production is still excellent. I wasn't really all that enthralled with the costumes, Nerone's was perhaps too feminine and the rest rather basic and gaudy. However, while not exactly authentic or beautiful the sets are more convincing, and the quality of the sound, picture and video directing are spot-on. As are the musical values, with the orchestral playing always rich, incisive and beautifully blended in the many exposed parts. Marc Minkowski conducts with good understanding of Monteverdi's style, intimate and never too broad or plodding.

The staging captures the sardonic irony, liveliness and poignancy of the opera very well indeed. And the performances are very impressive across the board. Ann Sofie Von Otter sings firmly and is wonderfully spoilt as Nerone. Mireille Delunsch is an elegantly seductive and vocally glamorous Poppea. Charlotte Hellekant may take some getting used to, in a role usually sung by a countertenor(I do prefer Michael Chance in this role), as Ottone, but nonetheless gives a riveting performance with a voice of both darkness and purity. Ottavia is movingly sung by Sylvie Brunet, and while Denis Sedov is perhaps a little young for Seneca he still sings with resonance and has a commanding presence. Jean-Paul Fouchécourt is a witty and graceful Armalta, and while I personally would've preferred a lighter sound Nicole Heaston still sings with pathos as Drusilla.

All in all, an excellent performance. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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