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Buy Tickets The Coronation of Poppea

Performed by English Touring Opera
Sung In English

Part of Harrogate Theatre's Festival of Baroque Opera

"The drama is compellingly conveyed thanks to clear direction, committed performances and Anne Ridler’s plain English translation." The Stage

Love, power, morality, corruption... Monteverdi’s final masterpiece The Coronation of Poppea is often described as his greatest achievement, combining mythic and human themes, and featuring some of his most glorious music.
One of the first operas to use historical events and people, it tells the story of Nero’s infatuation with the young and beautiful Poppea as she tries to make him divorce his wife Ottavia, and take her as empress of Rome.
Directed by James Conway and conducted by Michael Rosewell, The Coronation of Poppea is rich, complex and thoroughly modern work; a world populated by ruthless and all-too-human characters where lust and ambition ultimately triumph over virtue.

Did you know?

As well as being one of the first operas performed in a commercial opera house, The Coronation of Poppea was revolutionary in its use of real life characters. As well as Nero and Poppea, important Roman figures, including the great Stoic philosopher Seneca, play their part in the story.
It’s perfect for you if…

If you like Mary Beard’s television programmes, you’ll love the dramatisation of Roman political intrigue in The Coronation of Poppea.
For film fans, the opera has also been compared to Dangerous Liaisons, the 1988 film thriller starring Glenn Close, Michelle Pfeiffer and John Malkovich.
And if you’re keen on early music, our period orchestra features a wealth of instruments from the 17th century, including harpsichord, dulcian, harp and the orbo.

Listen to some of the music from the Baroque Opera Festival:

Sung in English
Performed with a live period orchestra
Running time: 2 hours 40 minutes (incl. interval)

Watch some of the cast in rehearsals and English Touring Opera's General Director James Conway talk about the season below:

Watch a clip of ETO's General Director James Conway talk about the Opera below:


At 6.30pm in the Harrogate Theatre Circle Bar a member of the artistic team will be talking about this opera to allow you a unique insight into this production.

Covering topics such as the historical context, life of the composer and how the show made it from the page to the stage this is your chance to hear more about the show.

This event is free to ticket holders for the evening performance.
No need to book – just turn up.
Running time: 30 minutes

Take a look at the production shots here:

Photo credit: Richard Hubert Smith

View the full Harrogate Theatres September 2013 – March 2014 Season Brochure below

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01 November 2013 7.30pm Tickets Available

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Stalls £22
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Circle £25
Concessions £23

Balcony £18
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Baroque Opera From Venice

Join us for glorious music, timeless stories and a live experience to stir your passions.
In 17th century Venice, residents and tourists alike celebrated for months during Carnival season. At its heart was opera, a thrilling spectacle enjoyed by people from all walks of life.
This Autumn, English Touring Opera brings Venice to you with a season of three operas written to be performed during Carnival.
Thur 31 Oct
Audiences in Venice loved to laugh at gods and heroes and, as a result, Jason was the runaway success of the 17th century.
The hero of the Golden Fleece forgets his wife, shirks his responsibilities and strikes up a relationship with a beautiful, mysterious queen. With sensuous tunes and bawdy comedy, Jason embodies the true spirit of Venetian opera.
Fri 1 Nov
The Coronation Of Poppea
Love, power, morality, corruption... Monteverdi’s masterpiece depicts the ruthless Roman Emperor Nero and his fiery affair with beautiful Poppea.
Lust and ambition triumph – very seductively – over virtue and reason.
Sat 2 Nov
Agrippina features the same real-life characters as The Coronation of Poppea, but is more of a comedy, with Nero’s mother scheming to get her son on the Roman throne.
Translated in the style of a Restoration comedy, this one’s for you if you’ve enjoyed The Way of the World or She Stoops to Conquer.
Sun 3 Nov
Vivaldi: Music For A Venetian Orphanage
ETO soloists and baroque orchestra the Old Street Band combine with Harrogate Vocalis in the atmospheric concert.


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Venue : Harrogate Theatre
Auditorium : Harrogate Theatre Main House
Company : English Touring Opera
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