The Coronation of Poppea

Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh

Photo credit: Sabina Poppaea; Portrait of Claudio Monteverdi

Ryedale Festival Opera
Eboracum Baroque
Nina Brazier Director
Sophie Mosberger Designer
Christopher Glynn Conductor

Lammermuir Festival’s first opera is Monteverdi’s gripping and shocking tale of lust, power, ambition and betrayal in imperial Rome.

Composed in Venice in 1642, it tells the story of a beautiful courtesan’s ruthless ascent to the throne as Nero’s wife and features some of the most ravishingly sensuous music of the 17th Century.

Monteverdi’s greatest opera is strikingly and disturbingly relevant to our own time in its penetrating exploration of the corruption of power.

A sparkling young cast sings in this new production, staged in collaboration with Yorkshire’s
Ryedale Festival in a new translation by John Warrack.

“Ryedale Festival Opera is an object lesson to our large opera companies…each year (it) offers an operatic production of the highest quality.”
Yorkshire Post

“It was youth to the fore in the startlingly talented cast of Nina Brazier’s production at the Ryedale Festival”

“The show was a triumph, another feather in Ryedale’s operatic cap”
Martin Dreyer, Opera magazine, September 2014.

“Evenings like this are too good to miss.”
Opera Magazine on Ryedale Festival Opera

Duration 3 hours 15 minutes

Portrait of Claudio Monteverdi  Sabina Poppaea

The Brunton, Musselburgh

The Brunton Hall, as it was originally known, was designed by Rowand Anderson, Kininmonth and Paul and opened by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, in 1971.

It is named after John D Brunton, who left a bequest of £700,000 to the people of Musselburgh on his death in 1951, specifying that it must be used to build a public hall for the community.

As well as the concert hall (Venue One, in which this year's Lammermuir Festival event is being held), the building also contains a 296-seat theatre.

The large stained glass windows, depicting themes from the sea, were designed by Glasgow-based artist Deborah Campbell and commissioned by the Brunton Theatre Trust.

The Brunton, Musselburgh


The Brunton, Musselburgh
EH21 6AA

Getting there by bus

There are regular bus services through Musselburgh with a stop outside the venue.
Travel time from the centre of Edinburgh is about 30 minutes.
Lothian Buses: 15, 26, 30, 40, 44 (0131 555 6363)
First Bus: 108 (0871 200 2233)
East Lothian Buses: 113 (0131 555 6363)
Eve Coaches: 129 (01368 865 500)

Getting there by train

Musselburgh station is about 15 minutes walk away or you can catch the No. 30 bus from the station.

Getting there by car

Musselburgh is just off Edinburgh City Bypass, not far from Fort Kinnaird Retail Park and Asda.



Free car park at rear of venue plus on street parking including 6 Disabled Parking bays 20m from the entrance plus 2 more in car park.



Induction Loop:

There are accessible toilets on the ground floor in the main foyer and off the upstairs bar of Venue 1.

Wheelchair Access:

Ramps at Ladywell Way and North High Street entrances. Box Office has a lowered counter. Lift access to concert hall. Hall has flat area at front for wheelchairs.

Please advise our box office staff when booking tickets of any specific assistance you require and if you would like to use the loop system.

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