This summer, Pop-Up Opera return with a rarely-seen opera from the late eighteenth century, Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segreto (The Secret Marriage).
Il Matrimonio Segreto tells the tale of a rich Italian businessman as he attempts to marry off one of his daughters to a mad English toff with disastrous results. Packed with tunes and matrimonial mayhem, this story about following your heart makes for a perfect summer opera filled with Pop-up Opera’s special humour, sparkle and fun.
Continuing to challenge the way opera is traditionally performed, Pop-Up Opera take their productions into unusual spaces, making them fresh and intimate. Commenting on this rarely performed production, director Max Hoehn says:
“Il Matrimonio Segreto is a wonderful explosion of anarchy with ensembles that fizz and an array of larger-than life, eccentric characters. Cimarosa’s music will be unknown to the vast majority of UK audiences and Pop-Up Opera’s rough-and-tumble touring approach makes for a lively marriage.”
With their signature ‘Silent Movie’ captions that add another layer to the performance, Pop-Up Opera skilfully adapt their operas to each individual venue, making every performance unique, while always maintaining the highest standards. Artistic Director, Clementine Lovell, comments:
“We love the idea of bringing to life an opera which is rarely performed, and making it our own. We are excited to be working with Max Hoehn, who was recently named Best Young Director at the International Opera Awards, and whose staging has been described as ‘brilliantly alive’. He’s a perfect choice in our mission to keep making opera relevant and highly entertaining for a modern audience.”
Il Matrimonio Segreto plays a variety of locations around the country until 30 July. For more information or to book tickets, please visit the website.