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ODC Theater: Ars Minerva presents MESSALINA
November 20 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
One event on November 20, 2021 at 7:30 pm
One event on November 21, 2021 at 2:30 pm
An opera composed by Carlo Pallavicino in 1679 – Libretto by Francesco Maria Piccioli.
A sex farce with teeth. Clever, lecherous Messalina turns the tables several times on the gullible Emperor Claudius, who is hardly innocent himself. Meanwhile two other couples suffer their own romantic vicissitudes. Furtive assignations, frustrated trysts, kidnappings, betrayals, sudden recognitions, a heroine and a hero both in drag, and a plot as convoluted as only 17th-century Venetian opera can put together, all lead to a reconciliation that will last only as long as Messalina can keep pulling the wool over Claudius’ eyes.
The opera, will be fully staged and sung in Italian with English supertitles
Performance length: 2 hours and 20 minutes including a 20 minutes intermission.
Stage Director: Céline Ricci
Conductor: Jory Vinikour
Costume Designer: Marina Polakoff
Projections Designer: Entropy
Light Designer: Thomas Bowersox
Make up Designer: Joanne Kay
Stage Manager: Sarah Terman
Translation: Joe McClinton
Notes: Dr Paul Miller
Empress Messalina: Aura Veruni
Emperor Claudio: Deborah Rosengaus
Tullio: Kevin Gino
Floralba: Shawnette Sulker
Erginda/Alindo: Kindra Scharich
Caio: Patrick Hagen
Ergisto: Zachary Gordin
Lismeno: Marcus Paige