Baylor Opera Presents Monteverdi's "L'incoronazione di Poppea"

January 24, 2020
Baylor Opera Theater will present four performances of Italian Baroque composer Claudio Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea in the Jesse H. Jones Theatre of Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center from Thursday, January 30, through Sunday, February 2. Curtain times are 7:30 on Thursday and Friday nights, and 2:00 on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
This fully staged Baylor Opera Theater production of L’incoronazione di Poppea will feature students from the Vocal Division and the Baylor Symphony Orchestra, all under the baton of Jeffrey Peterson, Associate Professor of Vocal Coaching and Music Director for Baylor Opera Theater. Stage direction will be by Susan Stone Li, Lecturer of Ensembles and Director of Baylor Opera Theater.
L’incoronazione di Poppea was Monteverdi’s last—and perhaps greatest—opera, with a libretto by Giovanni Francesco Busenello. It was first performed at the Teatro Santi Giovanni e Paolo in Venice during the 1643 carnival season. One of the first operas to use historical events and people, it describes how Poppea, mistress of the Roman emperor Nero, is able to achieve her ambition and be crowned empress. Written when the genre of opera was only a few decades old, the music for L’incoronazione di Poppea has been praised for its originality, its melody, and for its reflection of the human attributes of its characters. The work helped to redefine the boundaries of theatrical music and established Monteverdi as the leading musical dramatist of his time.
General admission tickets are now available online for $15 at www.baylor.edu/theatre. Discounted tickets (for those with Baylor I.D.s, seniors, military, and students) are priced at $5 and may be purchased, in person, at the Baylor University Department of Theatre Arts box office. For further ticket information, you may call the Theatre Department at 254-710-1865.
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