From March 23 through March 26, Purchase Opera will present Monteverdi’s Italian masterpiece, L’incoronazione di Poppea.
“The first opera ever written in 1643, L’incoronazione di Poppea (The Coronation of Poppea) chronicles the sordid political and historical events of Nero’s Rome and the wanton destruction of justice in the pursuit of his lustful wishes for a new queen, Poppea,”said Jacque Trussel, Stage Director of Purchase Opera. “I think it is essential that our students research historical musical structures as well as the historical figures represented in the various time periods of the operatic repertoire. In this opera we parallel Roman historical figures to current officials in our present day political system. Time continues to enforce the idea that history and human nature never change. Our task is to portray both honestly.”
The production features students from the Purchase College, SUNY’s Conservatory of Music’s Purchase Symphony in collaboration with the Department of Opera Performance and Vocal Studies, a highly selective program which has garnered 13 top awards from the National Opera Association for its acclaimed productions.
Born 450 years ago in Italy, Claudio Monteverdi was a contemporary of Shakespeare, and like the English playwright, was drawn to writing the full range of human emotions and bringing depth to all his characters, including the most morally questionable.
The fully staged opera also features the Purchase Symphony Orchestra. Performances will take place in the Recital Hall of the Purchase College Performing Arts Center. The opera is performed in Italian with English subtitles and runs for 2 hours and 30 minutes, including a 15-minute intermission.
Performances will be held Thursday, March 23 at 7 p.m., Friday, March 24 at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 25 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, March 26 at 1 p.m.
Adult tickets are $20. Discounts are available for Purchase College students and seniors. To order tickets, please visit www.artscenter.org or call 914.251.6200.
This production is made possible with support from the The Emily & Eugene Grant Opera Performance and Production Fund; The L. Werlinich Opera Production Endowment; and the Purchase College Foundation.
About Purchase College–SUNY
Purchase College is a part of the State University of New York (SUNY) network of 64 universities and colleges and was founded in 1967 by Governor Nelson Rockefeller. His aspiration for Purchase was to create a dynamic campus that combined conservatory training in the visual and performing arts with programs in the liberal arts and sciences, in order to inspire an appreciation for both intellectual and artistic talents in all students. Today, Purchase College–SUNY is a community of students, faculty, and friends where open-minded engagement with the creative process leads to a lifetime of intellectual growth and professional opportunity. For more information about the College, visit www.purchase.edu