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Incoronazione di Poppea, L'

Composer:
Claudio Monteverdi
Original Language:
Italian
Librettist:
Giovanni Francesco Busenello
Description:
Opera in a Prologue and III Acts (Prologue is sometimes omitted)
Notes:

Also in II Acts – Realized by Raymond Leppard

Time:
About 55 A.D.
Place:
Rome
Role Voice Part Classification
Poppea Soprano L
Nero, Emperor of Rome (Nerone) Tenor L
Ottavia, Empress of Rome (Octavia) Soprano F
Drusilla, Lady in Waiting to Octavia Soprano F
Ottone, Poppea's former lover (Otho) Bass-Baritone F
Seneca, Elder statesman Bass F
Arnalta, Poppea's old nurse Contralto S
Damigella, a maid Soprano S
Valletto, young attendant Tenor S
Lucano, Nero's friend Tenor S
Fortuna, Goddess of Fortune Soprano S
Virtu, Goddess of Virtue Soprano S
Amor, Goddess of Love High Soprano S
Venus (Act II - Aria) Soprano S
Liberto, Captain of the Guard Baritone B
Primo Soldato (Soldier of the Emperor's bodyguard) Tenor B
Secondo Soldato (Soldier of the Emperor's bodyguard) Baritone B
Pallade (Pallas), Goddess of Wisdom Soprano B
Mercury (Act II) Bass B
Littore (Lictor) Bass CB

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Minimum Chorus:  18
Divisi:  TB