Wiener Staatsoper

L’incoronazione di Poppea

Musical Direction Pablo Heras-Casado
Production Jan Lauwers

Premiere 26. 5. 2021

Only once before has an opera by Monteverdi been included in the repertoire of the Vienna State Opera: Under Herbert von Karajan and in a production by Günther Rennert, »L’incoronazione di Poppea« celebrated its premiere on 1 April 1963 in a »free new version«. Much has changed since then in historically informed performance practice – not least on account of the pioneering work of Nikolaus Harnoncourt and his Con-centus Musicus Vienna. 68 years after its inauguration, the ensemble, under the direction of Pablo Heras-Casado, is now making its debut at the Vienna State Opera. The director is none other than Jan Lauwers, who was awarded the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2014. With his Brussels-based Needcompany, he has created a theatre over the course of 35 years in which music, drama, dance and visual arts are constantly seen as an inspiration. His humorous and sceptical style now meets the great human draughtsman that is Monteverdi in a direction in which all participants meet on one level: »In our version of ›L’incoronazione di Poppea‹, every singer, musician and dancer is an independent force – and everyone wants to survive as one«, says Jan Lauwers of his concept.

Current Dates

  • Sat. 22 May 2021
  • Fri. 28 May 2021
  • Mon. 31 May 2021
  • Thu. 03 Jun 2021
  • Tue. 08 Jun 2021