Everything you need to know about the mysterious history, scandalous plot and sublime music of The Coronation of Poppea. Read More
4 Oct - 29 Nov 2014
Claudio Monteverdi (1643)
Based loosely on actual events in 1st-century AD Rome, The Coronation of Poppea charts the consuming erotic obsession of the Emperor Nero for the beautiful Poppea Sabina. Ruthlessly sweeping aside anyone who stands in the way of their union – including Nero’s wife Octavia and the poet and philosopher Seneca – Nero and Poppea triumph over all their opponents and rejoice in one of the most sexually-charged love duets ever written.
The moral ambivalence of one of opera’s earliest masterpieces ensures that it remains to this day one of the most shocking and compelling. Tim Albery, who directed a ravishing production of Handel’s Giulio Cesare for Opera North in 2012, has prepared a new performing version of a dramma musicale about which almost everything is disputed, including its authorship.
A cast of superb singer-actors is led by the American mezzo soprano Sandra Piques Eddy (Poppea) and the British counter-tenor James Laing (Nerone). The conductor is Laurence Cummings, one of Britain’s most exciting and versatile exponents of historically-informed performance.
Free pre-show talks
Sat 11 October, Thu 30 October. Talks by Assistant Director Emma Black and Opera North Editor Stuart Leeks. Begins 1 hour before the performance. Limited capacity, book early on 0844 848 2700.
Sung in English
Performance lasts 2 hours 45 minutes
Production supported by Friends of Opera North
We have put together a playlist of iconic love duets across all musical genres as inspired by the final duet of The Coronation of Poppea.
Vividly enacted […] exerts some of the grisly fascination of an episode of The Sopranos or Breaking Bad. [...] Sandra Piques Eddy makes a sumptuous siren of a Poppea.
Daily Telegraph - Full Review ›
Inspired […] a knockout production by Opera North. James Laing as Nerone stands out for the expressive colouring of his singing and his soaring upper register. He is partnered by the gorgeously self-regarding Sandra Piques Eddy who sings Poppea with passion and precision.
What's on Stage - Full Review ›
A wonderfully fresh, accessible staging […] Laurence Cummings’ performing version is impeccably realised, led by harpsichord continuo. A pair of theorbos weave their magic, underscored by gamba and lirone.
The Arts Desk - Full Review ›
Tim Albery’s modern-dress production for Opera North is stunning. As Poppea, Sandra Piques Eddy is perfect: a dark-haired, diminutive minx whose voice is full of blandishments as seductive as the long furry cuffs on the sleeves of her silk gown.
The Observer - Full Review ›
This October, members of community groups in Leeds will have the chance to find out more about opera in special introductory performances to The Coronation of Poppea. We spoke to performer Anthony Haddon to find out more. Read More
This September, members of community groups in Leeds will have the chance to find out more about opera in special introductory performances to The Coronation of Poppea. Read More
46 New Briggate
Leeds Grand Theatre
Box Office: 0844 848 2720 (calls cost 7ppm)
Choose from these fantastic pre-theatre dining options and make your experience complete!
Ham & Friends
10% off food & drink deal with Ham & Friend on presentation of ticket for an Opera North performance.
Opera North ticket holders can enjoy 20% off their food bill at The Alchemist. Located on the second floor of Trinity Shopping Centre, The Alchemist offers a fantastic menu and stunning views of Leeds City Centre. Not available Saturdays.
Manahatta is a recently opened bar and kitchen located on Merrion Street, just a minute's walk from Leeds Grand Theatre. Serving a fantastic New York inspired menu made with fresh local produce, guests will receive 20% off their food bill before 6.15pm with proof of ticket. Booking is required.
Opera North and Howard Assembly Room ticket holders can enjoy 10% off all drinks at New Briggate's finest craft beer hotspot — North Bar, just a stone's throw from Leeds Grand Theatre.
Enjoy 15% off all food and drink at authentic Italian wine bar Veeno (Leeds branch only) on presentation of ticket for an Opera North performance. Excludes Fridays and Saturdays after 5.00pm.
Veritas Ale & Wine Bar
Enjoy a special pre-opera meal at Veritas Ale & Wine Bar. Just a 5-10 minute walk from Leeds Grand Theatre, choose either two courses for £13.95 (£17.50 with a 175ml house wine) or three courses for £15.95 (£19.50 with a 175ml house wine). Available 5.00-6.30pm. Booking is required.
Sample the fabulous pre-theatre menu at Brasserie Blanc and choose from two courses for £11.95 or three courses for £15.45, with a complimentary glass of fizz for Opera North ticket holders. Located just a 10 minute walk from the Leeds Grand Theatre. Available 12.00-6.30pm, Monday-Saturday.
Just a 5 minute walk from Leeds Grand Theatre, The Reliance bar and dining room offers a fantastic pre-theatre menu. Choose from two courses for £14.45 or three courses for £18.90. Available 5.30-6.30pm, Monday-Saturday.
100 Grey Street
Box office: 08448 112121
Free Parking in all City Council multi-storey carparks after 5pm.
The two closest car parks to Theatre Royal are the Oxford Street multi-storey (just behind the Laing) and the Dean Street multi-storey. Click here for more info.
There are two parking spaces for blue badge holders on Shakespeare Street and three on Hood Street. Most parking meters are free to Blue Badge Holders.
Alight at Monument Metro Station and follow the signs for the Theatre Royal. We are less than one minutes walk from the Metro entrance on Grey Street.
Travel free on the Metro with your theatre ticket (up to two hours before and after the performance) - simply retain your theatre ticket for inspection by Metro Staff.
The Theatre Royal is only ten minutes walk from Newcastle Central Station.
Box office: 0843 208 6000
There is a passenger drop-off point immediately in front of The Lowry. Secure parking is available in The Lowry Outlet Mall multi-storey car park. There are designated areas for disabled parking on every level.
The Lowry is accessible by train, tram and bus. http://www.tfgm.com/
From national railway stations, Manchester Piccadilly and Victoria you can travel to The Lowry by Metrolink tram. You can board an Eccles line tram and should alight at Harbour City, or Media City UK for trams which stop there, as this is slightly closer.
Box Office: 0115 989 5555
Find access details for Nottingham Theatre Royal.
Follow signs for the city centre and the 'Royal Zone'. Nearest car parks are Talbot Street car park and Crowne Plaza Hotel car park on Wollaton Street.
For maps and information about on-street parking, off-street car parks, park and ride and the blue badge scheme please visit Parking In Nottingham
The 'Royal Centre' tram stop is directly outside the venue and runs every 10 minutes until midnight. There are five Park and Ride sites along the route. Visit www.thetram.net or call 0115 942 7777 for full details of the tram route. Find out about our £1 return tram ticket here.
Nottingham Station is a 15 minute walk or a short taxi or tram ride from the venue. Call 0845 748 4950 or www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times and fares.
Discover exciting pre-theatre dining options for Nottingham Theatre Royal.
Enjoy a special 2 or 3 course meal at Veritas Ale & Wine Bar. To make a reservation, please call Veritas Ale & Wine Bar and quote 'Opera North': 0113 2428094.
Offer: For just £20 per person, you'll receive a perfectly crafted 3-course dinner and a glass of sparkling wine to tingle your taste-buds! Located just a 10-minute walk from the Leeds Grand Theatre, patrons can enjoy a leisurely meal before a fabulous evening of opera.
To make a reservation, please call Brasserie Blanc and quote 'Opera North': 0113 220 6060
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