West Edge Opera Announces 2023 Summer Opera Festival

By David Salazar

West Edge Opera has announced its 2023 Summer Opera Festival.

The company will present “The Coronation of Poppea” alongside “Cruzar la Cara de la Luna” by Jose “Pepe Martinez.” Also on the slate is a double bill of “Erwartung” and “The Nightingale.”

NJ Agwuna, who led a production of “The Magic Flute” at the Glimmerglass Festival, will direct “The Coronation of Poppea.” Adam Pearl will conduct the opera.

“Doing early operas in interesting ways has consistently been a staple of my tenure at West Edge. One of my favorite early pieces is ‘The Coronation of Poppea’ by Monteverdi which I directed for West Edge in 2013,” said Mark Streshinky, General Director of West Edge Opera, in an official press statement. “Back then we were a very different company with different resources. I thought it would be interesting and exciting to return to the piece 10 years later at Oakland Scottish Rite, this time helmed by NJ Agwuna as director and Adam Pearl (my partner in crime on Eliogabalo) as conductor at the harpsichord. I can’t wait to see what they do with this incredible opera.”

“Poppea” will replace “Bulrusher” by Nathaniel Stookey and Eisa Davis, which is now set to premiere during the 2024 festival.

Casting for the operas will be announced at a later date.