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Poppea (Photo: Ornan Rotem)
Poppea (Photo: Ornan Rotem)

David Alden’s production of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea for Welsh National Opera was adapted for BBC Two in the form of a five-part soap opera in 1998.

It was the most stressful two months of Viv’s life to date; television works on much shorter timescales than theatre, so co-ordinating all the artists for a tightly-scheduled week of filming in the Lyceum Theatre in London was extremely tricky.