Ensemble OrQuesta presents

L’Incoronazione di Poppea

By Claudio Monteverdi and Giovanni Francesco Busenello

Directed by Marcio da Silva

Following last year’s highly acclaimed production of Alcina – ‘Handel stripped down and brilliant,’ named No 4 in The Guardian’s ‘Top ten classical music performances of 2021’ – Ensemble OrQuesta returns to the Grimeborn Festival for the fifth time, this time with their 5-star production of Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea. Achieving the highest artistic standards, these musically authentic performances offer a gripping modern interpretation of a 17th-century gem. The power games and machinations of Ancient Rome and timeless themes of ambition, love, and lust are explored through glorious music and carefully crafted character interactions to create a fusion hailed as ‘intimate, sensual, dramatic, and compelling’. With fine early career artists leading the cast, this will indeed be ‘hot stuff’ (@Yehuda Shapiro, EO Poppea, 2019).

L’Incoronazione di Poppea is part of Grimeborn Opera Festival 2022. Explore the full programme →

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  • Running time: 160 minutes (including interval)
  • Performed with orchestral accompaniment
  • Performed in Italian with English Surtitles

★★★★½ “Key to the power of this production is da Silva’s imaginative vision and his dynamism as director and conductor.”Reviews Hub

★★★★ “L’Incoronazione di Poppea is 'controversial, mysterious and highly sensual'. What's not to love?”Broadway World UK