|With more than three centuries and a half late, the Liceu has released "The incoronazione di Poppea", the majestic opera by Claudio Monteverdi and libretto by Gian Francesco Busenello, of 1642, which deals with the relationship between sex and politics, and the high policy that is in felled. |
Sometimes I think the revolution of May'68 is not as revolutionary as we felt our generation. If we relative in time Freud and his idea that man is moved by sexual urges, whether we relative in time Marx and his idea that politics is superstructure of power relations, it turns out that the sum of sexualize and Marxism by Erich Fromm, the intimate relationship between sex and politics, that fascinated our Youth is not as innovative. In the Renaissance, Monteverdi made an opera with this argument, historically located in the Roman Empire.
And, for how powerless individuals are lost in the corridors of the System -Empire, and Fortune-, has been a great success of the stage director David Alden resign historicism and make a presentation Kafkaesque.
Relative in time Kafka, too, and at the end it results that our generation is neither as original nor as revolutionary for which have preceded us and we will.
The ambition of Poppea, which uses sex as tool, trumps the virtue of Nero's wife, Ottavia, and on the ratio of Seneca. In his sexual ecstasy, Nerón repudiates Ottavia and sent into exile, and decreed the death of Seneca, who was invited to commit suicide. High politics revolves not around or the virtue of reason, but the sexual passion, the one that trumps the other two.
Already happening in the Roman Empire, and became active in the Renaissance; in the second half of the twentieth century we discovered it again.