Politics, power, sex: all the good stuff—plus delightful music from one of the most popular Baroque composers. Voices shine at the beautiful Cutler Majestic Theatre and tickets are nicely affordable. Sung in Italian with English surtitles.
Saturday, February 8, 8pm
Sunday, February 9, 3pm
Monday, February 10, 7:30pm
Tuesday, February 11, 7:30pm
This afternoon's cast includes:
Marco Andrade, Nerone
Danielle Barger, Poppea
Elijah Blaisdell, Ottone
Gillian Cotter, Ottavia
Bridget Haile, Drusilla
Ksenia Berstovskaya, Arnalta
Stephanie Weidle, Valetto
Jihee Han, Damigella/Pallade
Josh Quinn, Seneca
Claudio Monteverdi’s infrequently performed opera from 1643 is marked by music of great sensuality and a libretto that is stunningly modern in its treatment of sexual obsession, ambition, treachery, and the corrupting influence of unlimited political power.
Based on a true story, L’Incoronazione di Poppea presents the powerful love story of the Emperor Nero and his mistress Poppea and her ascendancy to the throne of Empress despite opposition on all fronts. Indeed, after numerous "interfering" characters—including Nero's wife Ottavia and the philosopher/adviser Seneca—are banished or have died at the Emperor’s behest, Nero and Poppea crown their victorious, if adulterous, love with one of the most ravishing duets in all of opera.
“The orchestra, conducted by Joseph Mechavich is superb.”
—Valerie Lord, Saratoga Wire, writing about Opera Saratoga’s Lucia di Lammermoor.
“Conductor Joseph Mechavich led the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra in a sensitively handled performance that supported the cast, giving principals plenty of interpretive freedom.”
—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Milwaukee performance of La Traviata.
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