Pop-up Opera is an innovative touring opera company dedicated to making opera enjoyable and inviting, without losing the quality of musical performance. We aim to broaden the appeal of opera and to challenge the way opera is performed, by taking it into unusual spaces and making it fun, fresh and intimate.
Our productions are fully staged, then adapted to each new space we go into, making every performance unique. Performances showcase exciting new operatic talent, professional opera singers in the first stage of promising careers. We aim to bring pleasure to those who are hesitant about opera, as well as to dedicated opera lovers; to open the hidden door to this art form and make even more seasoned opera goers feel like they have been given a secret backstage pass.
Our venues are an important part of what we create. We take our productions beyond just the traditional theatres and informal pubs: a boat made of scrap metal, a restored Victorian poorhouse, a cylindrical shaft beneath the Thames, a cider barn, a winery and even 100 ft underground in candlelit caverns. In these extraordinary venues, the music, storytelling and the electrifying performances of the singers have our audiences enthralled.
"A two-hour explosion of beautiful music, top-class singing, and exceptional acting... I honestly cannot imagine anyone, of any age or class or tastes, who would have been bored or unmoved." The Times
"If any group can make opera converts, this one can" Broadway Baby
"Basically, book tickets now" The Public Reviews
"There can be no better introduction than a Pop-up Opera production" The Daily Express
“They’re serious about opera but know opera isn’t always serious” Performance Reviewed
Clementine Lovell, Founder & Director, Producer
The idea for Pop-up Opera was born during the summer of 2010 after company founder and operatic soprano Clementine Lovell staged a series of opera scenes in a Herefordshire barn. This venue normally staged folk music and blues, so a large percentage of the audiences were not familiar with opera. Yet the concerts were a huge success. Having spent two years living in Italy, where opera comes to small towns and theatres, Clementine saw no reason why the same could not happen in Britain. These experiences came together to form Pop-up Opera; a unique and unconventional touring opera company.
Fiona Johnston, Producer
Fiona came on board for the 2012 tour of L'elisir d'amore as stage manager, but soon showed immense talent for producing. She began working as Co-Producer with Clementine in September of that year, and together they have grown the company from 12 shows to nearly 70 shows a year. Fiona may be behind the scenes rather than on the stage, but she is an extremely important part of Pop-up Opera.
Berrak Dyer, Musical Director
Our talented musical director and pianist Berrak studied at GSMD and the National Opera Studio, and has worked at Opera Holland Park and Glyndebourne. Time Out writes: "With a meticulously rehearsed cast, intelligent direction and joyously played piano accompaniment (from Berrak Dyer) it all makes for an enthralling show." (Pop-up Opera Così fan tutte 2014).
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Hear us perform live on BBC Radio 3
Pop-up Opera stars as the fictional 'Magic Opera Company' onBBC Radio 4 The Archers.
See clips from behind the scenes here
Read some interviews with company founder Clementine Lovell: