Production

Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi

07 March 2017 - 08 April 2017

Experience the most tragic love story of all time. Two star-crossed lovers - Romeo and Juliet - find their worlds ripped apart amongst criminal warfare and bitter resentment, against the backdrop of Italy’s bloody gang rivalry. Witness how their all-consuming passion tries to survive amidst violence, hatred and vicious grievances.

"You talk about vengeance. Is vengeance going to bring your son back to you…" Bellini's classic bel-canto opera is brought to life in an intense chamber production by the critically acclaimed Pop-Up Opera, sung in Italian with English captions.

Running time 1 hour 45 minutes plus interval

Recommended ages 12+

Show Dates Reviews

Cast

Flora McIntosh Romeo
Alice Privett Giulietta
Richard Immerglück Lorenzo
Cliff Zammit Stevens Tebaldo
Andrew Tipple Capellio
Berrak Dyer Musical Director, Pianist
James Hurley Stage Director
Clementine Lovell Producer
Fiona Johnston Producer, Stage Manager
Emily Salmon Stage Manager, Arts Administrator
Harry Percival Captions Writer
Soledad Zarate Captions Operator
Rachel Hunter Captions Operator

Show Reviews

This is an absolute must-see, an 'in the know' delight that we would like to go back and watch every night of the week.

This is Romeo and Juliet as you've never seen it before - more brutal and gruelling than anything Shakespeare ever penned - and performed so close up that the singers voices and faces full of angst hover just before you. This is an absolute must-see, an 'in the know' delight that we would like to go back and watch every night of the week.

Culture Whisper *****

Opera for the modern audience, this is a fantastic, visceral production by an unmissable company.

As to be expected, the music is executed extraordinarily. The singers are never off pitch – even with only a piano backing them up – and the talented Berrak Dyer on the piano soon makes one forget that there is not a full orchestral score behind the melodious, powerful voices...I have seen few companies or productions which make such a classic art so immediate, accessible, and exciting. If I Capuleti e I Montecchi is coming to a theatre near you on its tour throughout London and indeed the country, do not hesitate to book your tickets. You will not regret the two visceral hours of music and doomed love.

Theatre Bubble *****

The musical levels of the young singers are of the highest order

Opera in a concrete basement... for plenty of people that sounds as much fun as a wet mattress made from old jellyfish. But if Pop-Up Opera’s raw and powerful staging of “I Capuleti e i Montecchi” doesn’t win over doubters to the cause, then I’ll take that mattress and eat it....The musical levels of the young singers are of the highest order, the necessary cuts work beautifully, and the simple staging hits most of the targets it aims at. Using just a handful of props, director James Hurley creates a contemporary gangland setting, riven by revenge and brutality. He also draws some impressively detailed acting from the performers.

Blowin' Art Info, Warwick Thompson

The cast all have phenomenal voices and it’s great to see Pop-Up Opera supporting young emerging talent.

The cast all have phenomenal voices and it’s great to see Pop-Up Opera supporting young emerging talent. The small cast all manage to make the drama come alive as well as the incredible score...hopefully a new generation will open their eyes to the powerful and inventive work that Pop-Up Opera does.

A Younger Theatre

Pop Up Opera delivers a sensational and dramatic compact performance of Bellini's I Capuleti E I Montecchi

Continuing their tradition of opera in surprising and unusual locations, Pop Up Opera delivers a sensational and dramatic compact performance of Bellini's I Capuleti E I Montecchi. It is easy to get swept away with the drama on stage thanks to the strong performances of the leads...A young and good looking cast has been assembled here that are focused in both their dramatic and vocal performance...All told it is a thrill to watch. Pop-Up Opera are famous for delivering witty re stagings of forgotten operas. This opera, is a bit more serious than we are used to receiving from the troupe. But in many ways it showcases the potential for a compact or popup opera through the resourcefulness of the production and with a cast delivering strong performances.

Paul in London ****

FIVE stars for an opera with no orchestra, very little design, and no big stars itself? Yes; five stars.

FIVE stars for an opera with no orchestra, very little design, and no big stars itself? Yes; five stars.

The Express *****