‘The Coronation of Poppea’ at Penn State
Students in Penn State’s opera theatre program will stage another opera this weekend—this time an edgy 17th century Italian work called The Coronation of Poppea. It’s edgy for a couple of reasons: One, it’s about an affair between the Roman emperor Nero (Nerone) and a woman named Poppea, and two, the tale doesn’t turn out the way you might expect. (Let’s just say that the good guys don’t always win.)
The performance is also interesting because both the male and female roles are played by women. That’s the case just about every time Poppea is staged these days; in the 1600s Nerone would have been played by a male soprano, but nowadays male sopranos are a little hard to find. In the Penn State production, Nerone and Poppea are played by Adrienne Price and Kate Scally, respectively; both are grad students in vocal performance and pedagogy.
You can catch The Coronation of Poppea in the Esber Recital Hall in Music Building I tonight at 8:00, tomorrow afternoon at 2:00, or Sunday night at 8:00. Ted Christopher is the director. More info on the production is available here.
Below are a few photos I shot at the dress rehearsal last night, and you can see more on our Facebook page.
Tina Hay, editor