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FRANCESCO CAVALLI

1667

IN ITALIAN WITH

ENGLISH SURTITLES

2 Hours 15 minutes

July 31, Aug 6 & 8

Never performed during Cavalli’s lifetime, Eliogabalo didn’t receive a world premiere until 1999 and has grown even more prophetically cathartic and incisive today. An utterly debauched Roman Emperor gets his just desserts when the women he has wronged take matters into their own hands. Gorgeous music on period instruments accompanies riotous comedy, sensual dalliances, and stirring drama to create a work that is rapidly re-entering the opera cannon.

This production is best for mature audiences and will

contain some nudity.

Adam Pearl

Conductor / Music Director

Mark Streshinsky

Production Director

“TO HONOR THE LAW

IS TO BREAK IT."

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Randall Scotting

Eliogabalo 

Derek Chester

Alessandro

Nikki Einfeld

Gemmira

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Matheus Coura

Guiliano

Aura Veruni

Eritea

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Jean-Paul Jones

Lenia

Nathan Stark

Nerbulone

Shawnette Sulker

Atilia

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Jonathan Smucker 

Zotico

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...it was a treat to have this quirky opera performed live and with obvious glee in a beautiful and breezily virus-dissipating outdoor space. -San Francisco Classical Voice

Bass-baritone Nathan Stark’s explosive turn as the harem-keeper was a tour de force of theatrical and vocal impact — his singing robust, his stage presence irresistible.space. -San Francisco Chronicle

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Music director Adam Pearl, conducting from the keyboard, brought spacious nobility to the opera’s serious strains and liveliness to the comedy. -San Francisco Chronicle