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Premieres concert version of L´Incoronazione di Poppea together with the Ensemble Matheus at the Teatro Colón

L´incoronazione di Poppea © Arnaldo Colombaroli

The musical direction will be in charge of maestro Jean-Cristophe Spinosi, at the head of the guest orchestra Ensemble Matheus, while the Argentine soprano Verónica Cangemi will play the main role of Poppea.

L’incoronazione di Poppea,opera in concert version Claudio Monteverdi libretto Italianof Giovanni Francesco Busenello, reaches the stage of the Teatro Colón from next Friday August 30th at 20:00.The orchestra invited for the occasion will be the Ensemble Matheus of France and will have the musical direction of maestro Jean-Cristophe Spinosi.
The four functions programmed will be held on Friday August 30th at 20:00; Sunday 1 September at 17:00 and Tuesday 3 and Wednesday 4 September at 20:00.
Among the main performers will be Verónica Cangemi in the role of Poppea, Raffaele Pe as Nerón, Luigi de Donato as Séneca-Littore-Tribuno 2, José María Lo Monaco as Octavia-Virtud-Damisela and Filippo Mineccia in the role of Ottone.
L’incoronazione di Poppea, premiered at the Teatro Santi Giovanni e Paolo in Venice, is the last opera composed by Monteverdi and, as a work of maturity, allows us to attend the highest point of the evolution of the musician as one of the creators of the lyric. It was also the first opera that left the palaces of the Italian aristocracy to perform in a public theater. In his argument there is a debate about power and its excesses that would not have taken place in the princely halls, but in the new social sphere of opera house.

Main interpreters

  • Poppea: Verónica Cangemi
  • Nerón: Raffaele Pe
  • Seneca / Littore / Tribune 2: Luigi De Donato
  • Octavia / Virtue / Damsel: Josè Maria Lo Monaco
  • Ottone: Filippo Mineccia
  • Fortuna / Drusilla: Mariana Flores
  • Amor / Valetto / Pallade: Emilie Rose Bry
  • Familiar 1 / Soldier / Liberto / Lucano Console 1: Juan Sancho
  • Nutrice di Ottavia: José Lemos
  • Mercury / Tribune 2 / Family 3: Matthieu Toulouse
  • Console 2 / Family 2 / Soldier 2: Marco Angioloni

About Ensemble Matheus

© Ensemble Matheus

Jean-Christophe Spinosi founded in 1991 the Matheus Quartet, which It quickly became the Matheus Ensemble. With a variable geometry that goes from the chamber formation to the symphony orchestra, the Matheus Ensemble since its beginnings mixes different musical genres, interpreting repertoires from the 17th to the 21st century in period instruments.
For ten years, Ensemble Matheus resides in the Théâtre du Châtelet, where he makes a new opera production every year. He is regularly invited to theaters such as Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Palace of Versailles and Opéra National de Paris. 
The notoriety of the ensemble takes you to stages around the world: Vienna (Theater an Wien, Konzerthaus), Zurich (Tonhalle), London (Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, Barbican), New York (Carnegie Hall), Bilbao, Quebec, Barcelona (Palau de la Música, Liceu), Moscow (Philharmonic) and Seoul (Lotte concert hall). 
In 2019, it celebrates with a series of concerts in Egypt, the 150th anniversary of the Suez Canal, the Cairo Opera House and the Alexandria Opera House. This season, he will have a greater presence in Russia as a guest of the Moscow and St. Petersburg Philharmonic, and will continue his collaboration with the Théâtre des Champs Elysée, with a concert season in Paris.

About the Musical Director Jean-Christophe Spinosi

© Jean-Baptiste Millot

He developed an atypical musical career, since since its inception he interpreted a vast repertoire that goes from the Baroque to contemporary music, both withinstruments modern and vintage. Start this musical season by directing Monteverdi at the Teatro Colón and end at Berlin Konzerhaus, where he will direct Verdi and Wagner. 
In 1991 he created the Ensemble Matheus in Brest, an orchestra that accompanies him all over the world. The different concerts and productions in which he participated, as guest conductor or with the Ensemble, allowed him to work with artists such as Cecilia Bartoli, Philippe Jaroussky, Natalie Dessay, Maxim Vengerov or Jeanine Jansen. With his usual musical companion, Cecilia Bartoli, he gives many concerts and operas, including numerous compositions by Rossini: Le Comte Ory in Theater an den Wien and Opernhaus Zürich, Othello in Théâtre des Champs Elysées, La Cenerentola in Salzburg Festival, where he also addressed L’Italiana in Algeri with great success, a production that he will direct again in 2021 at the Opera of Monte Carlo. 
As a guest conductor, he regularly conducts full national orchestras in Berlin (Philharmonie, Konzerthaus), Vienna (Staatsoper, Wiener Phiharmoniker, Wiener Symphoniker), the Paris Orchestra and native orchestras from different countries (Germany, Spain, Japan, Britain, Switzerland, Russia and Sweden). 
Next season he will direct Le nozze di Figaro at the Stockholm National Opera, L’Italiana in Algeri in Vienna’s Staatsoper and Théâtre des Champs Elysées, where he will also direct theoratory Juditha Triumphans de Vivaldi.

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