We are very excited to announce news of a new Pop-Up Opera performance hitting london this April. Something new and unique, catch it if you can!
It’s rare to find a young professional company of the calibre of Pop-Up Opera with the energy to bring opera to new audiences in such unexpected and unexplored terrains but Pop-Up Opera has certainly appeared in some weird, wacky and wonderful places. They have performed in farms, pubs, barns, churches and even a boat made from scrap metal. This season sees them performing in an underground shaft at the Brunel Museum, Rotherhithe and delving 100 feet underground in the Clearwell Caves, an extraordinary natural cave system in the Forest of Dean.
For their 2013 Spring Tour, the company revive their productions of Gaetano Donizetti’s two most loved opera buffas: Don Pasquale and L’elisir d’amore, which they performed to great acclaim in 2012 and was described as ‘a vivid and zippy show, certainly funnier and better in many ways than ENO’s and ROH’s…’ (Opera Now). Both will be directed by Darren Royston, renowned for his dynamic use of movement. The musical director is James Henshaw.
Pop-Up Opera exists to make opera entertaining, without compromising quality – all operas are performed in their original language. It opens a hidden door to those who are hesitant as well as appealing to dedicated opera-lovers. Their intimate use of props, story-telling and interaction makes audience members feel as if they have been given a backstage pass. All the singers are talented young professionals at the beginning of promising careers.
Performance Schedule (Sunday 14th April – Sunday 12th May 2013)
Sunday 14th April, 4pm, The Good Ship Verda, Shoreham-by-Sea, near Brighton, £15
Tuesday 16th April, 7.30pm, Blacks, Soho, price tbc
Wednesday 17th April, 7pm, The White Horse, Parsons Green, £60-£70 including 3 course meal Saturday 20th April, 3pm, Thames Tunnel Shaft, The Brunel Museum, Rotherhithe, £20 Monday 22nd April, 7.30pm, Battersea Barge, Tideway Dock, near Chelsea Bridge, £25
Tuesday 23rd April, 7.30pm, The Turk’s Head, Twickenham, £20
Friday 26th April, 7.30pm, Lyde Court, Herefordshire, £15 (concessions – £10) Saturday 27th April, 7.30pm, Clun, Shropshire, £15 (concessions – £10)
Friday 3rd May, 7.30pm, Worthing Baptist Church, £10
Saturday 4th May, 7.30pm, Clearwell Caves, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, £25 Tuesday 7th May, 7.30pm, The Bull, Highgate, £25
Wednesday 8th May, 7.30pm, Central London, price tbc
Saturday 11th May, 3pm, Thames Tunnel Shaft, The Brunel Museum, Rotherhithe, £20 Sunday 12th May, 4pm, Freshford Hall, Bath, £16