Pop-up Opera Summer Tour

Pop-up Opera is back on the road with a bumper tour featuring two of Gilbert & Sullivan’s best-loved hits.

Experience all the drama and wonder of grand opera on a miniature scale, with open-air performances brought to life by a storyteller, two singers, instrumentalists – and a sumptuous set of specially created illustrations.

Immerse yourself in pint-sized versions of The Pirates of Penzance and HMS Pinafore, taking you on an unforgettable journey through the operas’ musical and dramatic highlights – in just 30 minutes each. Packed with screwball humour, memorable characters, and of course brilliant tongue-twisting tunes, these mini operas are perfect for audiences of all ages.

A Little Bit of The Pirates of Penzance Gilbert & Sullivan
A young man bound by an overactive sense of duty, a soft-hearted pirate king with a hopeless band of rogues at his side, a beautiful young girl, a very modern major-general and an ineffectual bevy of policemen add a plot hinging on the technicalities of having a birthday on the 29th of February… What could possibly go wrong?

A Little Bit of HMS Pinafore Gilbert & Sullivan
Aboard the ship HMS Pinafore, Josephine, the captain’s daughter, is in love with one of the crew. Her father definitely doesn’t approve. Overturning social order and parental wishes alike, the couple plan to elope. But a surprise confession soon leaves everything in doubt…

The Gondoliers, pop-up Opera. Scottish Opera 2021. Credit Paul Campbell

Andrew McTaggart in Iolanthe pop-up Opera. Scottish Opera 2021. Credit Sally Jubb.

Stephanie Stanway in Iolanthe pop-up Opera. Scottish Opera 2021. Credit Paul Campbell.