Brazilian debut from L’incoronazione di Poppea has Helene as protagonist

The baroque opera “The Coronation of Poppea” (L’incoronazione di Poppea), by Claudio Monteverdi with libretto by Giovanni Busenello will be presented for the first time in Brazil on December 10th, at the Planetarium of Rio de Janeiro dome. Premiered in 1643, Poppea is the last and most famous of the eighteen operas composed by Monteverdi, and also the first opera based on real characters and not just mythological figures. The plot reports a historical passage: the passion of Nero for his mistress, which leads him to repudiate his wife Octavia and make Poppea the new empress.

The cast brings together renowned professionals and also beginner singers willing to gain stage experience in opera. The production, in fact, is the result of an “Opera Studio”, especific kind of workshop for opera singers used extensively in Europe and the US, which now begins to develop in Brazil. In this model, professional and novice artists study together a certain work, which is then assembled and presented to the public.

Poppea_Helene_1Usually the scenic and musical direction, in addition to leading roles, are assumed by seasoned and renowned artists. “Thus, this “Coronation of Poppea” has scenic direction by famous chilean mezzo-soprano Graciela Araya, conducting and musical direction by Vitor Philomeno and general direction of Mirna Rubim. Among the guest artists stand out the soprano Tati Helene and the countertenor Sergio Anders as the protagonist couple. Another highlight is the return of Eunice Rubim to Rio’s stage, singing the role of Arnalta.

“This is an exciting job,” says Helene, invited to sing the role of Poppea at the premiere and the last recital of the season. “We will show to Brazil, for the first time, one of the most important and beautiful pieces in the operatic repertoire. And the pleasure sharing our experience with new singers is indescribable” she says.

“The Coronation of Poppea” is produced by Studio VOCE. The recitals take place on December 10, 11, 12 and 13, all at 20 hours, free tickets.

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