L’incoronazione di Poppea – Monteverdi (1642)
Pinchgut Opera – Sydney Recital Hall, Wynyard.
This was yet another stylish and witty outing of an operatic rarity by this innovative and daring opera company. Set in a world of tattooed Brooklyn thugs, big-boss Nero finally gets rid of his legal lady in favour of Rome’s popular paramour, Poppea. In the process we meet her other admirers and rivals.
The singers were all excellent while the orchestra was populated with ancient instruments and young musicians who knew how to use them. It was cute to see a family first with Seneca played by excellent baritone David Greco while the first violin was his grinning brother Matthew Greco.
The opera starts with a hopeless suitor of Poppea, waiting for her to appear at her window.
The second half opens with a cocaine fuelled orgy, imperial blow job and all.
The City Recital Hall is a very agreeable venue in the heart of Sydney’s CBD.
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Brief notes from Andrew Byrne ..