Production

Bizet's Le Docteur Miracle

18 April 2014 - 03 May 2014

A comic operette in one act by French composer Georges Bizet, with soprano, mezzo, tenor and baritone. The young man Silvio comes to the mayor's house in various disguises in order to win the hand of the mayor's daughter, Laurette.

Aged eighteen, Bizet won a competition organised by Offenbach to write an operetta. It was to be based on a libretto which was a French adaptation of Sheridan's St Patrick's Day. The result was Le doctor Miracle. This charming, lively, fizzing piece contains echoes of Rossini and gives us a foretaste of Bizet's most famous opera Carmen, extracts of which will be served up as a delicious musical dessert, perfectly complimenting the French bistro feel.

The plot is simple, elements of which are familiar with better known operas such The Barber of Seville (young lovers thwart their elders' attempts to keep them apart). There's a link here to our previous production, Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore, and our forthcoming production of Mozart's Così fan tutte in which disguise and 'medical miracles' feature prominently for comic effect.

A rare chance to see this little gem! Comedy, tunes and madcap laughs galore. There's even a quartet about an omelette...

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Cast

Clementine Lovell Laurette; Producer
Darren Royston Stage Director
Fiona Johnston Producer; Stage Manager
Maria Garzon Musical Director
Christopher Diffey Silvio/Pasquin/Docteur Miracle
Robert Lomax Silvio/Pasquin/Docteur Miracle
Sarah Champion Véronique
Helen Bailey Véronique
Benjamin Seifert Le Podestat
Joseph Kennedy Le Podestat
Aurélia Jonvaux Laurette
Elizabeth Challenger Pianist
Timothy Cape Tech & Captions Assistant
Harry Percival Tech & Captions Assistant

Show Reviews

Better then ever

The Times

Pop Up Opera’s aim is to reach new audiences by staging their work in unusual spaces without losing the musical quality of the performances. It is an aim they achieve splendidly.

Reviewsgate

Like everyone else there, I loved it

The Daily Express

a deliciously absurd confection

Civillian Theatre

hilarious and vocally exhilarating

Broadway Baby****

Definitely recommended

Bachtrack***

performances are faultless”

Views from the Gods*****

the company truly values its audiences: this is a production for the public as much as the critics

The Public Reviews*****