A beautifully compact version of a well-known opera, La Tragedie de Carmen is backed by stunning historic surroundings – the vocals and performances are impressive.
In La Tragédie de Carmen, Peter Brook, in collaboration with composer Marius Constant and writer Jean-Claude Carrière, condenses Bizet’s four-act original – and all its greatest hits – into just 80 minutes.
This transgressive tale of two hungry children, performed in German, is paired with witty paraphrasing on the screen behind: ‘A treat? Could you be more specific?’ It was a little unsettling having the slides operated by a man with a laptop sat next to me, no matter.
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.
Pop-Up Opera have announced their Summer Season as they continue to challenge the way opera is traditionally performed. This summer, Pop-Up Opera return with a rarely-seen opera from the late eighteenth century, Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segreto (The Secret Marriage).
Pop-Up Opera will present Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, running from 1 June to 1 September 2016, in a number of unusual spaces to create an intimate performance for audiences.
As someone who’s never seen a live opera, in part because of the exorbitant prices and pretension associated with it, I guess I’m the ideal demographic for Pop-Up Opera.