To mark Claudio Monteverdi’s 450th birthday, John Eliot Gardiner and his exceptional period-instrument ensemble and choir summon the origins of an art form that began over four centuries ago, illuminating the touching humanity of Monteverdi’s surviving operas in three semi-staged performances over a single week.


A story of carnal love and ambition triumphing at the expense of reason and morality, Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea is the composer’s operatic swan song. John Eliot Gardiner and his choir and orchestra cast an irresistible spell in this musical retelling of Poppea’s evolution from Roman Emperor Nero’s bewitching mistress to his queen.


This performance is also a part of Great Performers.

The Program

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1941 Broadway
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Monteverdi: The Birth of Opera

The Coronation of Poppea

Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 7:00 pm Alice Tully Hall

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Monteverdi Choir

English Baroque Soloists

John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

Hana Blažíková, Poppea

Kangmin Justin Kim, Nerone

Marianna Pizzolato, Ottavia

Carlo Vistoli, Ottone

Gianluca Buratto, Seneca

John Eliot Gardiner and Elsa Rooke, co-directors

Sung in Italian with English supertitles

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Performance Details

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  • Pre-concert lecture by Ellen Rosand at 5:45 pm in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse
    Pre-concert lecture by Ellen Rosand at 5:45 pm in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse
  • This performance will be followed by a White Light Lounge.
    This performance will be followed by a White Light Lounge.

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Performance length: 3 hours and 20 minutes, including intermission