Nov. 10, 2015
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— The Illinois Wesleyan University School of Music will present the Italian opera L’incoronazione di Poppea from Nov. 19-22 in Westbrook Auditorium. The opera is directed by Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Robert Mangialardi, who also directs Illinois Wesleyan’s Opera Theatre program.
L’incoronazione de Poppea, by Claudio Monteverdi, concerns the mistress of the Roman emperor Nero, named Poppea, and her journey to being crowned empress. Considered to be one of Monteverdi’s greatest works, the opera was first performed in the 1640s and continues to be popular today.
The Opera Theatre program at IWU requires student auditions for both full- length and one-act operas. The experience is directed towards devoted musical performance majors, giving such serious students the opportunity to develop their vocal skills in front of an audience.
The opera will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 19-21 and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 22. The event is free and open to the public. Prior to the Nov. 20 performance, Associate Professor of Music Adriana Ponce will give a pre-concert talk on “Monteverdi’s Poppea” at 7 p.m. in Presser Hall Room 258. The talk is also free and open to the public.
By Lydia Hartlaub ’16