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THE COMET / POPPEA

June 14 - June 23

The Comet / Poppea

Composed by GEORGE LEWIS
Libretto by DOUGLAS KEARNEY
Conceived & Directed by YUVAL SHARON

WORLD PREMIERE
June 14-23, 2024
WAREHOUSE at The Geffen Contemporary
Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles

MOCA Member Tickets Released: Tuesday April 23, 2024 at 10am PT
General Tickets Released:  Thursday April 25, 2024 at 10am 

Featuring AMOC* artists Anthony Roth Costanzo, Davóne Tines, Doug Balliet, Miranda Cuckson, Emi Ferguson, Keir GoGwilt, and Coleman Itzkoff.

The Comet / Poppea brings together seemingly disparate worlds connected by stories of cultural transformation. It juxtaposes Claudio Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea (The Coronation of Poppea), an Italian opera from 1643 unfolding among the social divisions of ancient Rome; and the world premiere of The Comet, based on the 1924 science-fiction short story by sociologist and Pan-Africanist civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois. Set in 1920s New York City, “The Comet” depicts a Black man and white woman as the only survivors after a comet hits Earth.

Presented on a turntable divided in two halves, these worlds unfold simultaneously, with the stage’s rotation creating a visual and sonic spiral for audiences—inviting associations, dissociations, collisions, and confluences.

“As the piece goes on, those two works start to leak into each other,” observes composer George Lewis. “Drawing on Du Bois’s own concept of ‘double consciousness,’ the opera is structured around a number of these doublings: points of repetition or intersection that underscore the dialogue between the two works and the relevance of that dialogue today.”

As director Yuval Sharon explains, “The Comet / Poppea explores exclusion in classical music by creating an uneasy tessellation between the Baroque and the contemporary, and by enacting the experience of double consciousness. It begins as a critique of the institution of opera and ends as a justification of the art form’s radical potential: in the unexpected harmony to be discovered in juxtaposition and its ability to invite a contemplation of both timely and timeless struggles.”

Developed over six years, The Comet / Poppea is realized through a landmark partnership among smaller organizations across the United States, produced by Anthony Roth Costanzo and Cath Brittan, The Industry, AMOC* (American Modern Opera Company), and the Curtis Institute of Music.

The Comet, composed by George Lewis with Libretto by Douglas Kearney is commissioned by AMOC*

In addition to the performance presentations, a program of public talks featuring members of the cast and creative team will take place during the run of the show. More details to be announced.

Details

Start:
June 14
End:
June 23
Website:
https://www.moca.org/program/the-comet-poppea

Venue

WAREHOUSE at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles,CA90012United States
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