This Summer, Pop Up Opera will return with a brand new production of Cimarosa’s rarely performed Il Matrimonio Segreto (The Secret Marriage).
Running from the 18th May, the production will see Pop Up Opera once again visiting a number of unusual places to present this late 18th century opera composed by Domenico Cimarosa.
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 exciting story about following your heart makes for a perfect summer opera filled with Pop-up Opera’s special humour, sparkle and fun.
Director Max Hoehn said: “Il Matrimonio Segreto is a wonderful explosion of anarchy with ensembles that fizz and an array of larger-thanlife, 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.”
Casting for the production will include: Emily Blanch,Heather Caddick, Chiara Vinci, Catrin Woodruff, Vivien Conacher , Helen Stanley,Tom Asher , Matthew Palmer, Peter Kirk , Mark Bonney, Joseph Kennedy and Peter Willcock.
The production will feature Pop Up Opera’s signature ‘silent movie’ type captions as well as their aim to adapt their productions to each individual venue to make each performance unique for audiences.
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.”
For more information on Pop Up Opera’s production of Il Matrimonio Segreto and the venues it will be visiting from the 18th May until the 30th July visit: http://popupopera.co.uk/whats-on/current/Cimarosas-Il-Matrimonio_Segreto/