“Without music life would be a mistake.”

~Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche





Review of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea

June 2013 marked our second collaboration with the Manhattan School of Music’s Summer Voice Festival, this time taking on an opera by the father of opera himself, Claudio Monteverdi.  L’incoronazione di Poppea was first performed in 1643 in Venice.  Set in Imperial Rome around AD 60, the plot is scandalous and the ending even more so. 

It was a delight to work with the talented young singers of the festival, many of whom sung music of this period for the first time and most of whom were joyously bitten by the early music bug.  For those of us who live and love this music there is no greater pleasure than helping young students appreciate and understand its intricacies. 

It was a pleasure for the orchestra to work again under the direction of the talented conductor, Jorge Parodi.  The opera blog Voce di meche touts “Musical values were splendid in every respect as Maestro Jorge Parodi conducted the Dorian Baroque Orchestra…. [Theorbist] Kevin Payne’s duet with cellist Margalit Cantor just about knocked our socks off.”  Read the whole blog review here.


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