IN ITALIAN WITH
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.
Conductor / Music Director
“TO HONOR THE LAW
IS TO BREAK IT."
...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
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