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Cost £15 - £22.50
Tel0207 478 0160
OperaUpClose presents a co-production with John Keevill for Tower Leasing
New version by Mark Ravenhill & Alex Silverman
Directed by Mark Ravenhill

One of the earliest operas ever written is coming to the youngest opera house in London. Monteverdi's tale of the triumphant adultery between Poppea and Roman Emperor Nero gets a radical treatment in Mark Ravenhill's and Alex Silverman's new version, with a new jazz-inspired orchestration, and a world-class cast of singers. Directed by OperaUpClose Associate Director Mark Ravenhill, who makes his directorial debut with the company. Featuring a new aria written by Michael Nyman.
"Different tones abound in a production of mongrel vigour." *****EVENING STANDARD

"Ravenhill strips the story to its core themes: lust, greed and the ruthless pursuit of power." ****FINANCIAL TIMES

"Rebecca Caine's scorned wife Ottavia pulled at the heart-strings... There's a quirkiness to this opera/jazz hybrid, backed by some seriously first-rate singing, that is invigorating, entertaining but above all accessible." **** THE PUBLIC REVIEWS

"A marvellous, watchable and engaging production, even greater than the sum of its parts." ****FRINGE REVIEW

"[Zoe] Bonner's refined artistry is matched by that of Rebecca Caine as Ottavia, Jessica Walker as Nero, and Martin Nelson, whose resonant voice and presence...casts a circumambient glow. " THE INDEPENDENT

"Proves perfectly apt for the pub-theatre context... there's a degree of truthful intimacy that registers as both natural and immediate." THE GUARDIAN

"The cult opera of the year." WEST END EXTRA

"Despite its fidelity to Monteverdi's 369-years-old original work, this is a production as contemporary as anything." Broadwayworld.com

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