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Incoronazione di Poppea 2005Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD)

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This was an excellent evening, with about as strong a contrast in styles as you can get. The musical performance paid great attention to period style, and Christian Curnyn directed a tiny band of instruments (string sextet plus theorbo, organ and harpsichords). By contrast, Henry Mason’s staging provided a radical updating, so Arnalta became Poppea’s PA, Lucano Nero’s secretary, Liberto the head of security, and so on. It all worked very well, and Monteverdi does not threaten to strain young voices. The Traverse made an excellent, intimate new venue in Edinburgh, and it was also good to see the students touring beyond the central belt for once – it doesn’t often happen.

Performance Cast

Fortuna Goddess of Fortune

Roslin Agnew

Virtù Goddess of Virtue

Erica Parrish

Amore Cupid

Una McMahon

First Soldier of Nero's bodyguard

Alistair Digges

Second Soldier of Nero's bodyguard

Abram Edewards

Poppea Nero's mistress

Edda Hrund Hardardóttir

Nerone Nero, Emperor of Rome

Madeleine Shaw

Ottavia Octavia, Empress, Nero's wife

Carolyn Dobbin

Ottone Otto, former lover of Poppea

Elizabeth Papaioannou

Seneca a philosopher, Nero's former tutor

Orlando Mason

Drusilla Otto's lover

Helene Dahlberg

Arnalta Poppea's nurse

Louise Collett

Lucano Lucan, a poet

Abram Edewards

Liberto a freedman (former slave)

Douglas Nairne

Valletto page in Octavia's household

Carla Caramujo

Damigella maidservant in Octavia's household

Alexa Mason

Mercurio Mercury, messenger of the Gods

Anders Östberg

Performance DatesIncoronazione di Poppea 2005

Map List

New Athenaeum Theatre | Glasgow

27 Apr, 19.15 29 Apr, 19.15

Traverse Theatre | Edinburgh

11 May, 19.15 13 May, 19.15

Haddo House Hall | Ellon, Aberdeenshire

19 May, 19.15 21 May, 19.15

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