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Fri, Nov 19


ODC Dance

Messalina with Ars Minerva

The role of Tergisto

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Messalina with Ars Minerva
Messalina with Ars Minerva

Time & Location

Nov 19, 2021, 7:30 PM

ODC Dance, 351 Shotwell St, San Francisco, CA 94110, USA

About the Event




An opera composed by Carlo Pallavicino in 1679 - Libretto by Francesco Maria Piccioli.    A sex farce with teeth. Clever, lecherous Messalina turns the tables several times on the gullible Emperor Claudius, who is hardly innocent himself. Meanwhile two other couples suffer their own romantic vicissitudes. Furtive assignations, frustrated trysts, kidnappings, betrayals, sudden recognitions, a heroine and a hero both in drag, and a plot as convoluted as only 17th-century Venetian opera can put together, all lead to a reconciliation that will last only as long as Messalina can keep pulling the wool over Claudius’ eyes.

The opera, will be fully staged and sung in Italian with English supertitles

Performance length: 2 hours and 20 minutes including a 20 minutes intermission.


Stage Director: Céline Ricci  

Conductor: Jory Vinikour  

Costume Designer: Marina Polakoff  

Projections Designer: Entropy 

Light Designer: Thomas Bowersox  

Make up Designer: Joanne Kay  

Stage Manager: Sarah Terman  

Translation: Joe McClinton  

Notes: Dr Paul Miller    


Empress Messalina: Aura Veruni 

Emperor Claudio: Deborah Rosengaus 

Tullio: Kevin Gino 

Floralba: Shawnette Sulker 

Erginda/Alindo: Kindra Scharich 

Caio: Patrick Hagen 

Tergisto: Zachary Gordin 

Lismeno: Marcus Paige

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