Compositions: The Coronation of Poppea
Performers: Pinchgut Opera/Erin Helyard
Catalogue Number: Pinchgut Live PG010 (2 CD)
The score for Monteverdi’s final opera and arguably greatest masterpiece, L’Incoronazione di Poppea , first performed in Venice in 1643 is – at least in the two extant sources – skeletal in parts, unfinished in others and often features inferior music clearly written by assistants. There is therefore ample opportunity for a conductor such as Erin Helyard to present one among many possible realisations of this wonderful work.