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.
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
Director of Photography
Digital Music Creator
Imani Mchunu Grosvenor
Karina Camile Parker
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).