An Unusual Reading
GIUSEPPE PENNISI experiences
an icy Paris/Milan production
of Monteverdi's 'L'incoronazione di Poppea'
One of Stéphane Lissner's main projects is now completed: a joint philological production of Claudio Monteverdi's operas (L'Orfeo, Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria and L'incoronazione di Poppea) undertaken by Paris Opéra and La Scala. Lissner has been the superintendent of La Scala for nearly ten years and is now the director general of Paris Opéra. The three Monteverdi titles were entrusted to two well known hands: stage director, choreographer, set and costume designer Robert Wilson, and a specialist of the Italian Baroque, Rinaldo Alessandrini. The project started in 2009 and is completed with a series of performances of L'incoronazione di Poppea in Milan from 1 to 27 February 2015. I attended the 1 February opening night.
Nonetheless, the opening night was a success and the audience appeared enthusiastic.