M1500 .M56 I53 2006 DVD
Opera in 3 acts. Music by Claudio Monteverdi. Libretto by Biovanni Francesco Busenello.
Composed nearly four centuries ago, Monteverdi's last opera is a remarkably modern music drama of unbridled lust and ambition in ancient Rome, with flesh-and-blood characters and powerful emotional conflicts.
Rachel Yakar (Poppea) ; Eric Tappy (Nerone) ; Trudeliese Schmidt (Ottavia) ; Paul Esswood (Ottone) ; Janet Perry (Drusilla) ; Matti Salminen (Seneca) ; Alexander Oliver (Arnalta) ; supporting soloists ; Zürich Opera Chorus ; Monteverdi Ensemble of Zürich Opera House ; Nikolaus Harnoncourt, conductor.
The audio recorded June 15-23, 1978, Opernhaus Zürich, Switzerland; the video recorded Jan. 2-30, 1979, Wien-Film, Vienna.
Sung in Italian, with subtitles in Italian, English, German, French, Spanish and Chinese.
Distributed by Deutsche Grammophon (www.deutschegrammophon.com/dvd).