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Thoughtful Engagement

Monteverdi's 'Coronation of Poppaea',
reviewed by MIKE WHEELER

 

What on earth are we to make of Monteverdi's L'Incoronazione di Poppea, in which two of opera's most unpleasant, ruthlessly self-obsessed characters trample on whoever stands in the way of their pursuit of power, wealth and each other, and come out on top? Well, satirical black comedy is one possible approach, as suggested by Tim Albery's new production for Opera North (Theatre Royal, Nottingham, UK, 29 November 2014).

Designer Hannah Clark dressed the cast in early 1960s chic, prompting memories of the Profumo scandal that brought down the government of the day — this lot would have been all over the front page of Private Eye for weeks...

Copyright © 10 December 2014 Mike Wheeler,
Derby UK

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CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI

TIM ALBERY

OPERA NORTH

NOTTINGHAM THEATRE ROYAL

NOTTINGHAM

UNITED KINGDOM

JAMES LAING

KATHERINE MANLEY

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