"...The Monteverdi excerpts weren't just sung, they were acted. Poppea is no innocent; Forsythe was by turns conniving, cajoling, coy, flirtatious, and smoldering. One moment Hansen was caressing her bare shoulder; the next he was hysterically ordering Seneca to commit suicide. This was opera as theater; words and feelings took precedence over vocal fireworks. The finale from "Poppea," the duet "Pur ti miro," was tender and ennobling."

Jeffrey Gantz/The Boston Globe