THE OPERA PLATFORM is proud to present the first period drama in the history of opera. Jean-François Sivadier staged Monteverdi’s take on Poppea, mistress and later empress to Emperor Nero, in 2012 for the Opéra de Lille.
In 2017, we celebrate the 450 anniversary of Claudio Monteverdi, the father of modern opera. All of his operas but three have been lost over the centuries. There remain his ‘favola in musica’ L’ORFEO (ORPHEUS) and his two later works IL RITORNO D’ULISSE IN PATRIA (THE RETURN OF ULYSSES) and L’INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA (THE CORONATION OF POPPEA).
THE CORONATION OF POPPEA is still considered as particularly innovative for the young musical genre. For the first time it is historical persons and not the gods and heroes of Ancient mythology who are subject to an opera. Poppea, mistress to Emperor Nero, seeks to increase her power. She provokes the rupture between the Emperor and the philosopher Nero and plots against Octavia, Nero’s wife.
Jean-François Sivadier directed this first period piece in the history of opera in spring 2012 at the Opéra de Lille under the baton of Emmanuelle Haïm, baroque music expert and founder of the ensemble Le Concert d‘Astrée.