Saturday 2nd July
Pop-up Opera is back with three brilliant half-hour shows for audiences of all ages! Experience all the drama and wonder of grand opera on a miniature scale, with intimate open-air performances brought to life by a storyteller, two singers, instrumentalists – and a sumptuous set of specially created illustrations.
Our shows this year include two cleverly rewritten versions of Rossini’s and Mozart’s classic comedies – The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro. Both follow the adventures of one of opera’s most beloved characters – the mischievous Figaro. The third mini opera, Be a Sport, Spike! , is a Scottish Opera original for 4 to 8 year olds.
12pm – A Little Bit of Barber – by Giacomo Rossini.
2pm – A Little Bit of Figaro – by W.A. Mozart
Here we bring you the life and adventures, in two operas by two of the most popular composers in the entire operatic repertoire, of one Master Figaro (Mister Fix it himself !) who, after swopping a freelance career as Seville’s most famous gent’s hairdresser (The Barber of Seville) for the security of full-time employment as valet to the Count Almaviva, finds himself on the brink of marital bliss with the lovely Susannah (The Marriage of Figaro).
With glorious music and witty, fast moving plots – these two productions can be enjoyed separately or as a double bill – as they’re both based on plays by the comic genius of C18th century French theatre; Moliere.
3.30pm – Be A Sport Spike! By Karen MacIver
This piece was commissioned by Scottish Opera in 2018 to celebrate Glasgow as the co-host of the first ever European Championship Games. Mike ‘The Spike’ McTavish is a world class athlete; holding countless records and trophies for every sport you can think of, but when he meets the Grand Diva, he finds that there’s one thing he can’t hold and that’s a tune ! Soon he discovers vocal chords need exercise just like muscles & tendons do so now all he has to do is learn to sing in time to join her in a duet to mark the opening of the Games ceremony ?
Each performance lasts approximately 30 minutes.
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