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Claudio Monteverdi / Monteverdi Choir / English Baroque Soloists / John Eliot Gardiner / Elsa Rooke
Thursday 17 August 2017
Usher Hall

English Baroque Soloists
Monteverdi Choir
Sir John Eliot Gardiner Conductor
Elsa Rooke Director

Monteverdi L'incoronazione di Poppea

Power corrupts – but love corrupts absolutely. Poppea, scheming mistress of the Emperor Nero, exploits his erotic obsession to commit all forms of crime in her ruthless pursuit of power – and in her lust to be crowned Empress.

Love conquers all – even if that love is dark and damaged through and through.

Daring to seduce the audience with his dangerously exquisite music, Monteverdi turns morality on its head in a compelling mix of high comedy and dark tragedy. Sir John Eliot Gardiner completes his historic survey of Monteverdi’s three surviving operas with one of the composer’s grandest, most sensuous and most scandalous works.

Do as Nero would do and ruthlessly bribe, cheat or bully your way to a ticket

The Times

This remarkable landmark project offers a rare opportunity to experience all three surviving operas by Claudio Monteverdi as directed performances in concert. They are conducted by period performance pioneer Sir John Eliot Gardiner, in celebration of the 450th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

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  • Language: 
    Sung in Italian with English supertitles
  • Running time: 
    3hr 35mins approx (one interval)


Usher Hall

Lothian Road

Monteverdi 450 is supported by

Dunard Fund



Staged concert

Poppea / Fortuna Hana Blažíková
Nerone Kangmin Justin Kim
Ottavia Marianna Pizzolato
Seneca Gianluca Buratto
Ottone Carlo Vistoli
Drusilla / Pallade / Virtù Anna Dennis
Arnalta / Venere Lucile Richardot
Amore / Valletto Silvia Frigato
Soldato I / Liberto Furio Zanasi
Famigliari Gareth Treseder
Lucano Zachary Wilder
Damigella Francesca Boncompagni
Mercurio / Littore John Taylor Ward
Nutrice Michał Czerniawski
Soldato II Robert Burt

English Baroque Soloists
Monteverdi Choir
Sir John Eliot Gardiner Conductor & Co-director
Elsa Rooke Co-director
Rick Fisher Lighting designer
Patricia Hofstede Costume designer

Monteverdi L'incoronazione di Poppea

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Monteverdi Choir
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Sir John Eliot Gardiner

L'incoronazione di Poppea | The Times

May 10th 2017

Do as Nero would do and ruthlessly bribe, cheat or bully your way to a ticket ★★★★★

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Review by: 

Richard Morrison
The Times

L'incoronazione di Poppea | The Guardian

May 9th 2017

The genius of Monteverdi could not be better honoured ★★★★★

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Review by: 

Rian Evans
The Guardian

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book.

The 2018 International Festival will be available to browse online in the spring.


Grand circle: £47 £38.50 £29
Stalls: £47 £38.50 £29 £26 £19 £13
Upper circle: £26 £19 £13

Current discounts

Students: 30% OFF
Senior citizens: 30% OFF
Unemployed: 30% OFF
BECTU, Equity, MU: 30% OFF
Under 18s: 50% OFF
Young Scot cardholders: 50% OFF