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Opera - Monteverdi's Poppea


The Music Department cordially invites you to the 2014 production of Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea, January 10 and 11 at Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall. 

The performance is in conjunction with the sixth annual  Italian Studies Conference "Venice and Ritual." 

Monteverdi's final opera, performed in Venice in 1643, presents a particularly Venetian view of the Julio-Claudian emperors, focusing on the tale of Nero's marriage to Poppea and rejection of his wife Octavia, as told by Tacitus, Suetonius, and Dio Cassius. In a work that famously neither rewards virtue nor punishes vice, Monteverdi's sensual music allows us to exult in Poppea's triumph and the eroticism of her encounters with Nero  even as we pity Octavia and mourn the death of Seneca. 

The opera will be sung in English. 

Please call 609-258-9220 or visit princeton.edu/utickets