THE CORONATION OF POPPEA

Claudio Monteverdi

The might of Rome is no match for the dangerous power of passion.

This July, be transported by Lyric’s bold re-imagining of Monteverdi’s Coronation of Poppea - a bloodthirsty baroque drama in which love triumphs, but at what cost?

This dangerous and sexy production tells the tale of the beautiful Poppea as she convinces Emperor Nero to abandon his wife, destroy his friends and crown her Empress. This is opera up close and personal. Think House of Cards meets Game of Thrones in a hipster pop up bar with a seriously old school soundtrack, this opera will get under your skin.

 

Poppea will be performed by an exceptional cast of singing actors led by Rebecca Rashleigh in the title role, making a welcome return following her success in Il Signor Bruschino.  Direct from Opera Australia, Nick Jones makes his Lyric debut as Emperor Nero with Lyric favourite Caroline Vercoe as his scorned Empress Ottavia. The cast also includes Countertenor rising star Nicholas Tolputt, Elizabeth Stannard-Cohen and Alison Lemoh direct from their roles in Our Man in Havana, Robert Macfarlane and Hew Wagner direct from their starting roles in The Japanese Princess, With Lyric stalwart Bernard Leon and international guest star Damian Whiteley as Seneca this is simply the best ensemble cast you will see and hear in Melbourne this year. 

 

This full-length bloodthirsty drama will be directed by Tyran Parke, leading an exceptional Melbourne creative team including Rob Sowinski, Bryn Cullen and Dann Barber.  Music Direction is by Lyric's Artistic Director Pat Miller, leading an eclectic ensemble fused of period and modern instruments. 

 

Claudio Monteverdi – The Coronation of Poppea

(Il Coronatione di Poppea, Venice version of 1648)

Drama with Music in three acts

Sung in Italian with surtitles in English

Three hours, including one interval

7:30pm July 15, 17, 19, 21 & 22

Chapel off Chapel, Prahran

Tickets:

$70 Full, $55 Concession, $25 Child 

Tickets can be purchased here or in person

CAST

Poppea: Rebecca Rashleigh

Drusilla: Elizabeth Stannard-Cohen

Ottavia: Caroline Vercoe

Amor: Alison Lemoh

Ottone: Nicholas Tolputt

Nero: Nicholas Jones

Fortune: Robert Macfarlane

Virtue: Hew Wagner

Mercury: Bernard Leon

Seneca: Damian Whiteley

CREATIVE TEAM

Director: Tyran Parke

Design: Dann Barber, Rob Sowinski & Bryn Cullen

Musical Direction: Pat Miller

Poster and Media Design: CAST

PRODUCTION TEAM

Production Manager: Tanje Ruddick

Stage Manager: Daniel Sinfield

Assistant Director:  Robert Johnson

MUSICIANS

Keyboard / Repetiteur: Jane Matheson, Head of Music Staff

Keyboard / Repetiteur: Michelle Nguyen

Continuo Cello: Dan Smith

Theorbo / Guitar: Rosemary Hodgeson

Flute: Kim Tan

Violin: Felicite Heine

LEARN ABOUT THE OPERA HERE

WATCH THE OPERA HERE 

BUY TICKETS HERE

 
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