New Opera Singapore returns with their annual production this year to present Claudio Monteverdi’s historical opera L’incoronazione di Poppea, or the coronation of Poppaea, referring specifically to the rise of Roman Emperor Nero’s mistress.
First staged in 1650, L’incoronazione di Poppea bucks the trend of atypical morality, and the crux of the opera’s success is dependent on Poppaea’s scandalous love affair with Nero, alongside other morally compromised main characters. Breaking new ground for theatrical music of its time and praised for its accuracy in reflecting its characters flawed humanity, L’incoronazione di Poppea cemented Monteverdi’s position as a leading musical dramatist of the time.
L’incoronazione di Poppea will be directed by New Opera Singapore’s artistic director Jeong Ae Ree with music directed by Chan Wei Shing. Bringing the opera to life will be performers Victoria Songwei Li (Soprana) in the lead role of Poppea, along with Leslie Tay (Tenor) as Nerone. Other members of the cast include Akiko Otao (Soprano), Melvin F. Tan (Tenor), Koo Eun Jeong (Mezzo Soprano), Yun Seung Woo (Bass), Rachel Ong Ying Li (Soprano), Wang Tong (Soprano), Christina Thé (Soprano), Grace Kuo (Soprano), Evangeline Ng (Soprano), Martins Smaukstelis (Tenor), Jonathan Khoo (Tenor) and Jingjie Lim (Bass).
As Love, Fortune and Virtue bicker over who has the most power over mankind, join New Opera Singapore as they present this sordid tale emblazoned with lust, power and of course, love, and discover what truly rules the human heart.
L’incoronazione di Poppea – C. Monteverdi plays at Victoria Theatre on 29th and 30th July. Tickets available here