Monteverdi with an image problem

monteverdi.pngBy Andrew Clark [Financial Times, 21 October 2007]
When Monteverdi wrote Líincoronazione di Poppea for republican Venice in 1642, he devised an opera not about mythical archetypes but ñ a probable first for the nascent art form ñ about real human beings. He showed their frailties, their ability to love and hate, to be good, evil, pompous, humble, callous and kind. Poppea is unashamedly popular in its treatment of love, lust and power.