A Love Duet by Monteverdi

The Italian opera L’incoronazione di Poppea was composed by Claudio Monteverdi in 1643. It portrays a story about the Roman Emperor Nero, his lover Poppea, the empress Ottavia and Ottone, a noble lord. When the queen, due to jealousy, orders the death of Poppea through Ottone, Love protects the victim. The two conspirators are then exiled by Nero, Poppea is crowned empress and once again love reigns.

The last aria in this opera is the love duet pur ti miro between Nero and Poppea. In it they celebrate their love and monarchy. I love this duet because of its simplicity and gentle beauty. Here is one of my favorite versions. Enjoy!

Philippe Jaroussky and Danielle de Niese:

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