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The Coronation of Poppea

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Claudio Monteverdi (1643)

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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.

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Leeds Leeds Grand Theatre 4 - 30 Oct 2014 7:00pm

The Coronation of Poppea

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46 New Briggate
Leeds
LS1 6NZ
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Box office: 0844 848 2720

Enjoy 20% off your bill at Sandinista (Cross Belgrave Street - New Briggate) on presentation of your Opera North ticket when placing their food order. To book a table call 0113 305 0372. Food is served till 10pm through the week with final orders at 9pm Friday and Saturday. Only valid on the day of the performance their ticket is for. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. 

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The theatre is easily accessible by public transport. It is approximately 10 minutes walk from the main bus station and 15 minutes walk from the train station with many buses stopping in the immediate vicinity. For the most up to date information on local bus and train times, please check WYMetro. There is also a taxi rank outside the theatre although we recommend booking a taxi in advance, particularly on a Friday or Saturday evening.

Parking is available at various nearby car parks, including Edward Street/Templar Street and the St John's and Merrion Centre shopping malls. A limited amount of on street parking available near the theatre is free after 6pm but this does tend to fill up very quickly.

Newcastle Theatre Royal 15 Nov 2014 7:00pm

The Coronation of Poppea

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100 Grey Street
Newcastle
NE1 6BR
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Box office: 08448 112121

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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.

Metro

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.

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The Theatre Royal is only ten minutes walk from Newcastle Central Station.

Salford Quays The Lowry 22 Nov 2014 7:00pm

The Coronation of Poppea

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Pier 8
Salford Quays
M50 3AZ
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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.

More info: http://www.thelowry.com/plan-your-visit/getting-here/

Nottingham Theatre Royal 29 Nov 2014 7:00pm

The Coronation of Poppea

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Theatre Square
Nottingham
NG1 5ND
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Box office: 0115 989 5555

By Car

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

By Bus

For bus times call Nottingham City Transport on 0115 950 6070, Traveline on 0871 200 2233 or visit www.travelineeastmidlands.co.uk   Find out about our £1 return bus ticket here.

By Tram

 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.

By Rail

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. 

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Comment from Colin Yarnley

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Colin Yarnley said ago

Just returned from Nottingham's Poppea performance. Absolutely wonderful. More baroque please!
I used to sing counter-tenor. The new generation is incomparably better in range and expressive range than mine - as James Laing proved superbly tonight.

Comment from Oonah V Joslin

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Oonah V Joslin said ago

Wonderful! This was beautifully presented, played and sung -- in English -- every word annunciated clearly, every emotion perfectly executed to the music -- and to my utter delight, humour. Thank you, Thank you Opera North! for a thoroughly entertaining and thought provoking evening.

Comment from Tim Hills

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Tim Hills said ago

Superb. Beautifully sung, played, acted and produced. The casting chemistry was wonderful. Lully, Rameau, Charpentier, Desmarest next? Daydreams are pleasant ...

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What the critics say

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 - Read 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 - Read 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 - Read 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 - Read full review

Additional Information

Cast
  • Poppea Sandra Piques Eddy
  • Nerone James Laing
  • Ottavia Catherine Hopper
  • Seneca James Creswell
  • Ottone Christopher Ainslie
  • Drusilla Katherine Manley
  • Arnalta Fiona Kimm
  • Fortuna / Valletto Ciara Hendrick
  • Virtù Claire Pascoe
  • Amore Emilie Renard
  • Liberto Daniel Norman
  • Lucano Nicholas Sharratt
  • Famigliari Owen Willetts
  • Famigliari Warren Gillespie
  • Famigliari Dominic Barberi
Creative Team
  • Musical Director Laurence Cummings
  • Director Tim Albery
  • Set and Costume Designer Hannah Clark
  • Lighting Designer Malcolm Rippeth
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