Pop-up Opera is an innovative touring opera company which aims to broaden the appeal of opera and to challenge the way opera is performed, by taking it into unusual spaces and making it intimate and engaging. The company aims to reach those who are hesitant about opera, as well as dedicated opera lovers. Productions are fully staged but go beyond traditional theatres to 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.
Pop-up Opera's critically acclaimed productions have included Donizetti's Don Pasquale (“...a performance of Don Pasquale that fulfilled its aim of making opera enjoyable and inviting, without diminishing the quality of the music” Opera Magazine) and L'elisir d'amore (“...a vivid and zippy show, certainly funnier and better in many ways than ENO's and ROH's...” Opera Now), Rossini's L'Italiana in Algeri (“opera with a difference... wonderful, life-affirming production” British Theatre) and Il Barbiere di Siviglia (“sheer exuberance…hugely recommended” Daily Express), Mozart's Cosi fan tutte (“Whether you love opera, or you’ve never been to one, be sure to catch this” Time Out) and Bellini's I Capuleti e I Montecchi (“A rich riot of violent, straightforward passion and beautiful noise” The Times). In 2016 the company collaborated with the prestigious Kilden concert house in Norway on a production of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro with full orchestra in their 600 seat opera house. Pop-up Opera have also performed live on BBC Radio 3, appeared on BBC Radio 4 and on the London Live channel.
Pop-up Opera was founded by Clementine Lovell in 2011 and is run by co-producers Clementine Lovell and Fiona Johnston. The company has been built from scratch and has grown from an initial 12 performances to 90 performances a year with 3-4 productions over 3 seasons.
We are reliant on self generated income rather than external funding. If you are interested in supporting our company in any way please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch a trailer from our most recent production here
Watch a trailer from our co-production in Norway here
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Hear us perform live on BBC Radio 3
Pop-up Opera stars as the fictional 'Magic Opera Company' on BBC Radio 4 The Archers.
See clips from behind the scenes here
Read some interviews with company founder Clementine Lovell: