Pop Up Opera

United Kingdom

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 lots of different spaces and making it intimate and engaging. The company aims to reach those who are hesitant about opera, as well as dedicated opera lovers.

There’s an outdated stereotype of opera being overblown, unreachable, incomprehensible, a sense that opera is only for certain people, of certain means. In fact, at its core opera lays bare and skewers those emotions we all feel and can relate to: anger, jealousy, love, joy, grief, passion, doubt. It is an art form simultaneously incredibly refined and completely raw. A performer masters techniques that allow them to penetrate to the very essence of feeling and to express this through sound.

Pop-Up Opera creates productions with a focus on the interaction between the characters and the physicality of the piece; we don’t need a fancy set or period costumes to make opera enjoyable or relevant. The interplay between the music, the drama, and our unique style of captioning, allows the audience to connect with it and enjoy it.

We’ll be in a dilapidated chapel one day and a castle the next, making every performance unique. Our audiences range from aged 5 - 95 and everything in between, including opera newbies and opera lovers, and this diversity is what we exist for.

We are changing people’s minds about opera and bringing it to the next generation. It’s so exciting when that person who said opera wasn’t their thing leaves our show beaming from ear to ear and saying maybe opera is their thing after all.

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