Lincoronazione di Poppea, Claudio Monteverdis final opera, had a formative impact on the evolution of this genre. Yet its convoluted source situation makes it one of music historys great enigmas. There are practically no references to the original version that Monteverdi performed in Venice in 1643, as the score has not survived.
To celebrate the 450th anniversary of Monteverdis birth, this operatic masterpiece is appearing in an edition close to the presumed original. The new edition is based on the score prepared in Venice and found among the possessions of Francesco Cavalli.
6S-solo,Mez-solo,2A-solo,2T-solo,2B-solo / Str(2V,Va ad lib.) - Bc
Soprano solo (6), Mezzo-soprano solo, Alto solo (2), Tenor solo (2), Bass solo (2), String orchestra.
L'incoronazione di Poppea
Opera regia with a prologue and three acts
- Detailed Introduction to questions regarding sources and interpretation (Eng/Ger)
- Extensive critical apparatus (Eng)
- Libretto edited by Nicola Badolato with text translations (Ital/Eng/Ger)
- Appendix with alternative readings from the Naples source