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Musical director, arranger & conductor: The Coronation of Poppea

Gertrude Opera presents, as part of the Yarra Valley Opera Festival

The Coronation of Poppea

By Claudio Monteverdi

“Men always want to be a woman’s first love - women like to be man’s last romance” Oscar Wilde

Sat Oct 26 2:00 PM

Sat Oct 26 7:00 PM

Do humans learn from past mistakes? In 2019 as in 1643, individual whims and values associated with status form a lethal combination.

 Here is a new look at an old opera. Shortened to two hours including interval, sung in English - and recommended for Adults Only

Our production of Monteverdi's The Coronation of Poppea is faithful to the original themes: power, sex, tragedy, brutality. A hedonistic and decadent world, with bawdy humour, poly-sexuality, indecency,narcissism - and gaslighting. 

Eerily, a shimmering realisation of the Baroque score lends a musical style not dissimilar to music of today, with prescient flavours of jazz, giving an emotionally-driven, improvisational character to a beloved and wildly varied opera score mired in tradition.  

 Through the music of this sublime C17th opera, we see the trading of a new model of wife for the old, and instinctively blame possessive and manipulative women for the ensuing mayhem. 

 In fact, 'our' Nero was a brute:  kicking his pregnant new wife to death after curtain-down.  The opera ends blissfully as all wedding days do - with possibly the first operatic love duet ever written - a sublime and glorious expression of desire and commitment, with no hint of the historical gruesomeness to follow.

Composer: Claudio Monteverdi (1567 - 1643)

New treatment: Evan Lawson


Gale Edwards


Evan Lawson


Joseph Noonan


Jason Crick

Please note this is a 18+ event.

Part of the Yarra Valley Opera Festival, 17-19 MacIntyre Lane Yering, Victoria, 3770

Tickets available here.

$75 full / $55 conc.