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“Poppea” Premiere Screening

September 12, 2021, 4 pm6 pm.


Join us for the premiere of “Poppea,” a groovy, queer film realization of Monteverdi’s classic opera, L’incoronazione di Poppea, set in 1970s New York City. This event is free and open to the public at Daily Press Coffee in Ocean Hill, Brooklyn.

Written in 1643 and credited to the Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi, this opera follows the Roman Emperor Nero’s descent into tyranny as he coronates his mistress. For centuries, stagings of the classic opera Poppea have presented Nero as a power hungry villain — a contrast to the original text, which offers a nuanced perspective. Leaning into this nuance, Killer Queen Opera’s Poppea complicates this narrative in a refreshing take on this historic tale with a gender flipped lead and brand new setting. Removed from ancient Rome and reset in New York in the 1970s, a time of political and social unrest and progress, the growing tension between the old and new guards evokes a time not unlike our own.

3:00 – 4:00 pm – Welcome & Cocktail Hour

4:00 – 6:00 pm – Film Screening & Meet the Cast

Poppea is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

For audiences with children: this opera contains mature themes.

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