Saturday, May 31, 2008
Perhaps the most talked about opera production in the world right now is Monteverdi's "L'INCORONAZIONE DI POPPEA" at Glyndebourne. The bare sets and bare singers had the stiff British press in a twitter before opening night. However, the opera opened to rave reviews with much of the press focused on the steamy, young cast which includes the hot sensation Danielle de Niese, Alice Coote and cute countertenors Iestyn Davies and Christophe Dumuax alternating nights as Ottone.
Even the small roles were apparently cast with Hollywood looks in mind, as young German barihunk Patrick Schramm was cast in the tiny role of Littore. Schramm was Germany's representative in the 2005 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition. Until this performance, most of his career has been in the Netherlands and Germany.