Pop-up Opera is back touring Scotland this Summer! Experience opera on a miniature scale with specially created 30-minute versions of Die Fledermaus and Eugene Onegin – one a sparkling comedy of mistaken identities, the other a stirring tale of first love – brought to life by a storyteller, two singers, instrumentalists, and a beautiful backdrop and set of illustrations.
A Little Bit of… Die Fledermaus | Strauss II arr. Derek Clark | Illustrations Mar Hernandez
Strauss’s Die Fledermaus (The Bat) is a rip-roaring comedy filled with deceit, betrayal, and Viennese waltzes. At Prince Orlofsky’s New Year’s Eve party, Dr Falke is out for playful revenge on his friend Eisenstein, who once left him in a drunken stupor after a night out at a fancy dress ball. Left to stagger home alone the next morning still in his bat costume, the locals laughed behind Dr Falke’s back, but now is his chance for payback. Falke plots to expose Eisenstein’s flirtatious ways to his wife Rosalinde, who is disguised as a Hungarian countess. The end result is hilarity – and lots of champagne.
A Little Bit of… Eugene Onegin | Tchaikovsky arr. Derek Clark | Illustrations Essi Kimpimäki
In this deeply moving tale packed with big tunes, dances, and a heart-stopping duel, lovesick young Tatyana sends a heartfelt letter to the handsome man who recently moved in next door. However, the arrogant Eugene thoughtlessly spurns her affections. Many years later, is there still a second chance for love? Tchaikovsky’s sweeping music perfectly captures the desperation and raw emotion of Pushkin’s much-loved masterpiece.
Storyteller – Allan Dunn
Soprano – Jessica Leary
Baritone – Andrew McTaggart
Cello – Andrew Drummond Huggan
Guitar – Ian Watt