Ars Minerva will present the North American premiere “Messalina”.
The work, created by composer Carlo Pallavicino and librettist Francesco Maria Piccioli, will be presented at the ODC Theater in San Francisco from November 19 to 21, 2021.
The opera, which tells the story of Emperor Claudius’s wife who was young enough to be his granddaughter, will be directed by Céline Ricci and directed by Jory Binikour. It will star Kevin Gino, Patrick Hagen, Zachary Gordin, Marcus Paige, Deborah Rosengaus, Kindra Scharich, Shawnette Sulker and Aura Veruni.
“Messaline” is the second opera by Pallavicino that Ars Minerva stages (the first being “The Amazons of the Fortunate Islands”) and is the third with a libretto by Piccioli.
“Pallavicino and Piccioli were one hell of a team in the second half of the 17th century,” said Ricci, who in addition to running production is the founder and executive artistic director of Ars Minerva, in a press release. “Together they had a real flair for sex stuffing with teeth.”
Ars Minerva is a champion of long forgotten operas, offering the modern premieres of five of these operas, including “La Cleopâtre” by Castrovillari, “La Cire” by Ziani, “Ifigenia in Aulide” by Porta, “Ermelinda” by Freschi and the aforementioned “Amazons”. in the Fortunate Islands.