Pop-Up Opera: Spring Season 2016 Bellini’s I Capuleti e I Montecchi
Monday 21st March – Saturday 7th May 2016
Wednesday 30th March Press Night Carousel-71 Blandford Street, London
Pop-Up Opera are back for 2016. Now well-established on the touring opera circuit, the company skilfully adapt their operas to each individual venue, making every performance unique, while always maintaining the highest standards. This season, they are staging I Capuleti e I Montecchi – their first ever tragedy (sung in Italian with English captions).
Director James Hurley comments:
‘I Capuleti e i Montecchi’ represents an exciting new direction for Pop-Up Opera and I am thrilled to be directing the company’s first ‘tragic’ opera. This production will bring Pop-Up’s audiences closer to the action than ever before, conjuring an atmospheric and intimate environment that will place spectators at the heart of Bellini’s moving love story.
This is the most tragic love story of all time, where two star-crossed lovers – Romeo and Juliet – find their worlds ripped apart against a new backdrop of Italy’s bloody family feuds and
gang rivalry. Witness how their all-consuming passion tries to survive amidst violence, hatred and vicious grievances. Bellini’s classic bel-canto opera is brought to life in an intense chamber production by the critically-acclaimed Pop-Up Opera.
With their signature ‘Silent Movie’ captions that add another layer to the performance, Pop- Up’s decision to stage a tragedy sees them embracing a new challenge. While continuing to break down barriers, Pop-Up demonstrate what an emotive and absorbing experience opera be.
This production will be one of their most intimate and compelling pieces of theatre yet, really embracing the unique spaces in which they perform, driven by Bellini’s enchanting score.
Pop-up Opera will be touring to various unusual and intimate venues across the country including Anne of Cleves Barn in Essex, The Minack Theatre in Cornwall and the extra special Thames Tunnel Shaft in London.
The most utterly likeable of the shoestring touring companies…This company has a serious commitment to musical standards…along with a personality all of its own.
(Robert Thickness, Opera Now).
The combination of amazing venues, along with an informal atmosphere and engaging productions, offers a greater connection to the singers and the music, something even seasoned opera-goers often miss. If Pop-up Opera pops up near you, do pop in.