Returning with a twist to their summer season, Pop-Up Opera will present a special Mozart double bill with two entrancing one-act comedies showcasing Mozart’s inimitable style and sense of playfulness.

Content by Chloe Nelkin Consulting

Each performance is skilfully adapted to its venue as Pop-Up take their operas into unusual and unique spaces around the UK, making them fun, fresh and intimate.  

This lively double bill allows for a closer study of Mozart’s oeuvre as it explores two works written at very different times in Mozart’s life.  The first opera Der Schauspieldirektor was written in the last five years of his life whereas he composed Bastien und Bastienne when he was just twelve years old. 

These engaging operas bring together amazing vocal acrobatics alongside Pop-Up’s signature ‘silent movie’ captions to tell the story in which a pair of actresses battle it out to be the prima donna and a pair of lovers tease and test their feelings for each other.

Pop-Up Opera’s Summer Season 2018 will see an exciting new collaboration with New British Music Theatre Award nominee Anna Pool, critically acclaimed for her bold and fiery, original directing style, who will be working alongside the company’s talented Musical Director, Berrak Dyer.

Anna Pool comments, It’s so exciting to get to work with Mozart at two key moments in his career; one (Bastien und Bastienne) as the child prodigy, right at the start of it all, and the other (Der Schauspieldirektor) as the genius in one of his most creative periods.  His world is vivid, funny, ridiculous and still, over 200 years later, utterly relatable.  Lovers fight, pine, manipulate.  Artists argue, create and constantly battle against an ever-rising tide of funding cuts!  I’m really enjoying exploring the characters that sprang from Mozart’s head and allowing them to make their home in so many fantastic spaces is hugely rewarding.

If Pop-Up Opera pops up near you, do pop in.


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.

A Mozart double bill

Der Schauspieldirektor and Bastien und Bastienne

Tuesday 8th May – Sunday 29th July

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