Monteverdi : l’Incoronazione di Poppea

19 and 20 April 2017
With surtitles in english & french
Approximate duration: 
3h10 including interval

Only three works remain from Monteverdi’s long career in opera. L’Incoronazione di Poppea is the last one, it was created in Venice in 1642 and Monteverdi is even more surprising in this last opera than in all his previous compositions.


The plot first (inspired from antiquity), the conquest of power by Nero’s mistress, Poppea, who foregoes no crime to reach her ends. Then Busenello’s extremely theatrical and dramatic libretto, remarkably efficient in evoking plots and dramas as in the comedy scenes interspersed in the score. Finally Monteverdi’s music, splendid from beginning to end, has touched the heart for four centuries.  

The National Opera of Lyon decided to revive Klaus Michael Grüber’s landmark staging, designed for the 2010 Aix en Provence Festival, with the conductor Sébastien d’Hérin, recently acclaimed for his recording of Scylla and Glaucus by Leclair.        



Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
l’Incoronazione di Poppea (Le Couronnement de Poppée)

Opera in three acts with a prologue on a libretto by Giovanni Franceso Busenello
First performed in 1642 in Venice


⇒ The English subtitles of this production are sponsored by CAP MONDE. Every year over 30 000 children and teenagers are travelling with Cap Monde around the world.


Production : Opéra de Lyon
Recréation de la production originale du festival d’Aix-en-Provence (1999)



Josefine Göhmann Drusilla, Virtu (19th April) / Poppée (20th April)

Emilie Rose Bry Poppée (19th April) / Drusilla, Virtu (20th April) 

Laura Zigmantaite Nerone  

Elli Vallinoja Ottavia

Aline Kostrewa Ottone

Pawel Kolodziej Seneca

André Gass Arnalta

Josefine Göhmann Drusilla, Virtù (alternating)

Emilie Rose Bry Drusilla, Virtù (alternating)

Rocio Perez Damigella, Amore

Katherine Aitken Fortuna, Valletto

Oliver Johnston Lucano, Soldato II

James Hall Famigliare I, Pallade

Brenton Spiteri Famigliare II, Mercurio, Soldato I

Pierre Héritier Littore, Liberto

Aaron O'Hare Famigliare III


Les Nouveaux Caractères

Sébastien d’Hérin Conductor


Studio de l’Opéra de Lyon

Klaus Michael Grüber Direction