The Coronation of Poppea

June 21, 23, 26 & 28 | 7:30 p.m.
July 1 | 3:00 p.m.
SCPA's Corbett Theater

Music by Claudio Monteverdi
Libretto by Giovanni Francesco Busenello

Sung in Italian with projected translation
Performance length: 2 hours and 30 minutes
Rated PG


All she wanted was everything.

Abandoning her old lover, Poppea only has eyes for Emperor Nero…and his crown. Ottavia, Nero’s wife and empress, crafts elaborate schemes and issues dire threats to hold onto her husband. But when the gods are on Poppea’s side, how can she lose? Love might conquer all, but it leaves a trail of destruction.

One of the first operas, Monteverdi’s 1642 Baroque masterpiece tells a dramatic story of passion and intrigue with some of the most transcendently beautiful music in all of opera. It’s presented here in a new production at SCPA’s intimate Corbett Theater under the direction of the “superbly imaginative” Zack Winokur (Parterre Box). A world-class cast, led by Grammy-nominated soprano Talise Trevigne and “vocally brilliant” countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo as Emperor Nero (The New York Times), joins the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and members of the early music ensemble Catacoustic Consort in realizing Monteverdi’s exquisite score.


Cast & Creative Team

Poppea  Talise Trevigne
Nero  Anthony Roth Costanzo
Ottavia  Sarah Mesko
Drusilla  Melissa Harvey
Ottone  Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen
Seneca  Alex Rosen
Valletto  Daniel Moody
Lucano  Benjamin Lee
Liberto  Christian Pursell

Conductor  Gary Thor Wedow
Stage Director  Zack Winokur
Scenic Designer  Adam Charlap Hyman
Costume Designer  Amanda McGee
Lighting Designer  Thomas C. Hase
Wig & Make-up Designer  James Geier