Poppea

Poppea

Power, sex, tragedy and gaslighting. New Production - Contemporary Setting
Sat
19
Sat Oct 19 2:00 PM

Olinda Yarra
General Admission
October
Sat Oct 19

Sat Oct 26




"when even love won't save you"
The Telegraph, UK

Do humans learn from past mistakes? In 2019 as in 1643, individual whims and values associated with status form a lethal combination.
 
Here is a new look at an old opera. Shortened to two hours including interval, sung in English - and recommended for Adults Only.


Our production of Monteverdi's The Coronation of Poppea is faithful to the original themes: power, sex, tragedy, brutality. A hedonistic and decadent world, with bawdy humour, poly-sexuality, indecency, narcissism - and gaslighting. 


Eerily, a shimmering realisation of the Baroque score lends a musical style not dissimilar to the music of today, with prescient flavours of jazz, giving an emotionally-driven, improvisational character to a beloved and wildly varied opera score mired in tradition.  
 
Through the music of this sublime C17th opera, we see the trading of a new model of wife for the old, and instinctively blame possessive and manipulative women for the ensuing mayhem.
 
In fact, 'our' Nero was a brute:  kicking his pregnant new wife to death after curtain-down.  The opera ends blissfully as all wedding days do - with possibly the first operatic love duet ever written - a sublime and glorious expression of desire and commitment, with no hint of the historical gruesomeness to follow.

Composer: Claudio Monteverdi (1567 - 1643)

New treatment: Evan Lawson

DIRECTOR
Gale Edwards
MUSIC DIRECTOR
Evan Lawson
DESIGNER
Joseph Noonan
LIGHTING DESIGNER
Jason Crick



October
Sat Oct 19

Sat Oct 26

Olinda Yarra

17-19 MacIntyre Lane Yering, Victoria, 3770