West Edge Opera is set to present an outdoor production “Eliogabalo” this summer at the Bruns Theater in Berkeley, California.
The performances are set for July 31, August 6, and 8 and will star Randall Scotting in the title role.
“I will be performing the part of the bad boy, the youthful and sex-obsessed Roman emperor, Heliogabalus. He is opera’s filthiest rich kid with infinite power to procure what (and who) he wants,” Scotting said in a press release. “The scandalous high-drama and dark comedy of Eliogabalo come wrapped in the gorgeous melodies of Cavalli, and the opera’s themes of power, betrayal, love, and loyalty could not be more timely. I just can’t wait to perform in front of a live audience again!”
Scotting will be joined by a cast that features Derek Chester, Nikki Einfeld, Matheus Coura, Aura Veruni, Shawnette Sulker, Jean-Paul Jones, Nathan Stark, and Jonathan Smucker. The opera will be conducted by Adam Pearl and directed by Mark Streshinsky.