May 28, 2021
For her third album for Gramophone’s current Label of the Year, Alpha Classics, the mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey re-visits the Baroque for ‘Tiranno’. She offers five works by four composers – Alessandro Scarlatti, George Frederick Handel, Claudio Monteverdi and Bartolomeo Monari – that put Nero, his mother Agrippina and second wife Poppea centre stage. Lindsey’s last stage role before the pandemic was as Nero in Sir David McVicar’s acclaimed production of Handel’s Agrippina at New York’s Metropolitan Opera and her first role before an audience as the Staatsoper in Vienna recently re-opened its doors to the public was as Nero in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea.
James Jolly spoke to Kate Lindsey the day before L’incoronazione di Poppea opened and they discussed the new album and its themes of power and corruption, her experience of playing Nero and her plans for the future.
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