Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea at BCO

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The gods of Fortune, Virtue, and Love struggle for influence over mortals. Emperor Nero has chosen the beautiful Poppea over his wife Ottavia, sparking multiple conspiracies among his inner circle. Ottavia convinces Ottone, who loves Poppea himself, to murder Poppea, and the kind-hearted Drusilla, who loves Ottone, helps him and takes the fall for the crime. The ill-fated attempt ends badly for all involved except for Poppea, who is crowned Empress. (That's not a spoiler, it's in the title.)