Scottish Opera’s wildly popular pop-up opera will kick off at Glamis Castle next month before touring iconic and surprising venues across Scotland including Duthie Park and Haddo House.
Audiences can catch outdoor performances of A Little Bit of Barber and A Little Bit of Figaro, making this an ideal opportunity for anyone new to opera to try a taste of classic comedy. Rossini and Mozart who were cleverly re-marked by the Scottish opera chef. Music, Derek Clark.
They are performed alongside the original Scottish opera, Be A Sport, Spike! with music by Karen MacIver and lyrics by Ross Stenhouse.
For ages four to eight, Be A Sport, Spike! was originally commissioned for Festival 2018, the cultural program of the Glasgow European Championships and tells the story of Mike ‘The Spike’ McTavish, the greatest sportsman the world has ever seen.
No one can run faster, jump higher, or swim farther than Spike, but there’s one thing Spike can’t do: sing!
Audiences will join Spike and his friends as he begins to exercise those vocal cords and discovers that a little persistence can go a long way.
The 30-minute shows are hosted by storyteller Allan Dunn, accompanied by singers Sarah Power, Jessica Leary and Andrew McTaggart, as well as cellist Andrew Drummond Huggan and guitarist Sasha Savaloni.
A series of colorful illustrations help guide the audience through the plot.
Scottish Opera’s Director of Education, Jane Davidson, said: “The past two years have proven beyond doubt that Scottish audiences are ready to turn out to enjoy Pop-up Opera whatever the weather – so once plus we hit the road, visiting venues and venues across Scotland, with another trio of productions.
“We are delighted to present a double bill featuring one of the most famous characters in the entire operatic repertoire; The Barber of Seville and his subsequent adventures in The Marriage of Figaro, while for children and their families in particular , we tell the story of Mike ‘The Spike’ McTavish – the world’s greatest sports hero!
“So why not make an appointment with the best barber in town, dance at Figaro’s wedding or learn to exercise with Spike?”
During last year’s Pop-up Opera Roadshow there were 197 performances, which drew an audience of over 11,000, condensing five fun Gilbert and Sullivan classics and all their frivolity into performances of 30. minutes from A Little Bit of… The Gondoliers, The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore and Iolanthe.
For many it was the first time they had come to a show since the lockdown, with many braving the wind and rain to attend.
One audience member commented on how “great it was to see and hear some wonderful music again”, while others appreciated being able to watch a show so close to home.
Pop-up Opera is supported by Friends of Scottish Opera.
Tickets are on sale at www.scottishopera.org.uk/shows/pop-up-opera-2022/.
Public performances will take place:
June 3 – Glamis Castle.
June 4 and 5 – Slessor Gardens, Dundee.
June 9 – Mugdock Milngavie National Park.
June 10 – Duthie Park, Aberdeen.
June 11 – Haddo House, Methlick.
June 12 – Mackie Academy, Stonehaven.
June 15 – Eden Court, Inverness.
June 16 – Strathpeffer Pavilion, Strathpeffer.
June 18 – Summerlee Museum, Coatbridge.
June 20 – The Beacon, Greenock.
June 22 – Grinneabhat, Isle of Lewis.
June 25 – Festival Hall, Carradale.
June 26 – Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute.
29 June – Crichton Memorial Church, Dumfries.
June 30 – Fisherrow Links, Musselburgh.
July 1 – Kilmardinny House Arts Centre, Bearsden.
2 and 3 July – Albert Halls, Stirling.
July 8 – Perth Concert Hall, Perth.
9 and 10 July – New Park Square, Edinburgh.