Performances on November 16 + 17 + 18, 2018

The Blue Building / 222 East 46th Street, New York, NY 10017


David Paul | Stage Director

Alison Pogorelc | Associate Director

Kirsten Scott | Executive Producer

David Moody | Conductor

Laetitia Ruccolo | Music Director

George Del Barrio | Creative + Technical Director

Sara Jean Tosetti | Costume Design

Anthony Tornambene | Lighting Design


Maria Lacey | Poppea

Ariadne Greif | Nerone

Vivien Shotwell | Ottone

Alexandra Smither | Drusilla

Christian Isaiah Simmons | Seneca

David Charles Tay | Arnalta

Briana Hunter | Ottavia

Timothy Stoddard | Lucano + Liberto

Anne Marie Stanley | Valetto

Max Potter | Damigella

Eugenia Forteza | Poppea, cover

Stephanie Feigenbaum | Nerone, cover



Victoria Wolf Lewis | Violin, Concertmaster

Julia Birnbaum | Violin II

Matt Consul | Viola

Keiran Campbell | Cello

Milad Daniari | Bass

Hideki Yamaya | Theorbo + Baroque Guitar

David Moody | Harpsichord


Bare Opera brings a fresh, condensed take on Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea to New York City on November 16, 17, and 18. In the exposed brick warehouse space of The Blue Building (222 E 46th St, New York, NY 10017), a cast of exceptional artists—most of whom will be making their Bare Opera debut—leads the audience into an all-too familiar world where an autocratic leader wields his power according to his own whims and desires with no concern for consequences or morality.  The production holds a mirror to our own rudderless society and asks the question to which we all fear the answer: What if the good guys don’t win?

“Stripped down to the bare essentials of human lust, the set consists of three beds around which all the action revolves,” says director David Paul (LA Opera, Lyric Opera Chicago, Metropolitan Opera).

“This production of Poppea marks a huge leap for Bare Opera this season. The content of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea is visceral, dark, and overtly sexual. The audience will be immersed in these highly intimate - sometimes uncomfortable - moments. This is definitely a production that will leave people thinking about morality and humanity,” elaborated Executive Producer and Co-Founder of Bare Opera, Kirsten Scott.

Full Production Video Below: