I would recommend seeing TriOperas as an introduction to opera as it offers a good night out but would hope at some point in the future the score can be given the overhaul it desperately needs to realise the huge potential of this idea.
The idea that opera can pop-up is delightful and Pop-Up Opera’s simple approach to the genre, even more so. It’s no wonder Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segreto, or The Secret Marriage, is his greatest masterpiece and it’s also no wonder that the cast and crew seemed so full of pride at their humble creation; it really was quite gorgeous and a giggle to behold.
How charming is Barnes? And how posh – even the flats above Londis have chandeliers.
Nothing but waves of goodness and gentility, then, as we find the OSO arts and performance space carved from the back side of an old postal building on the ducky edge of Barnes Pond. Bit odd that the theatre element should front the view and the adjacent restaurant face the side, but no matter – all shines with the burnish of volunteer enthusiasm and community spirit even if the toilets appear to have been repainted by somewhat trembly hands.