poppea

Poppea

Poppea: A groovy realization of Monteverdi’s classic opera, L’incoronazione di Poppea. Written in 1643 and credited to the Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi, this opera follows the Roman Emperor Nero’s descent into tyranny as he coronates his mistress. For centuries, stagings of Poppea have presented Nero as a power hungry villain — a contrast to the libretto, which offers a nuanced perspective. Leaning into this nuance, our production of Poppea complicates this narrative in a refreshing take on this historic tale. Our story has been removed from ancient Rome and reset in New York in the 1970’s.  A time of political and social unrest and progress, the growing tension between the old and new guards evokes a time not unlike our own.

Distribution

Poppea aims to create a community of opera lovers and opera newcomers alike, providing a free and relevant operatic experience to the community. Our interpretation aims to be relevant and meaningful to our local community, have a representationally diverse cast of NYC emerging artists, and be accessible to everyday audiences. Poppea will be coming to New York, Queens, Brooklyn, and virtual audiences in Summer, 2021 – for free! Check back-in for more information, or sign up for our newsletter to be informed about the premiere.

Cast & Crew

Poppea

Nerone

Ottavia

Ottone

Seneca

Pallade/Amore

Arnalta

Drusilla

Liberto/Lucano

Director of Photography

Production Assistant

Digital Music Creator

Audio Editor

Editor

Music Director

Gaffer

Marina Hogue

Mary Rice

Marie Anello

Daveed Buzagalo

Brian Alvarado

Imani Mchunu Grosvenor

Christina Swanson

Karina Camile Parker

Constantine Novotny

Melina Valdez

Kirsi Myntti

Constantine Novotny

Efthimi Matsamakis

Sophia Castuera

Zach Nicely

Rob Bevis

Poppea is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

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