Pop-Up Opera (Scottish Opera)

Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock, Scotland, United Kingdom

Friday, September 4, 2020 - 14:30 to Sunday, September 20, 2020 - 18:30

You may not be able to come back to the theatre yet – so instead, we’re coming to you!

Pop-up Opera is back on the road with three captivating shows for audiences of all ages. Experience all the drama and wonder of grand opera on a miniature scale, with intimate 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 Gondoliers and Don Giovanni, which take you on an unforgettable journey through the operas’ musical and dramatic highlights – in just 30 minutes each. And discover The Song of the Clyde, a brand new operatic history of Scotland’s best-loved river, created specially for family audiences.

Safety for all audience members, performers and technical staff has been built into all three productions from the very start. Physical distancing and other safety measures will be observed at all times, with no compromise on your protection – or on your spellbinding operatic experience.

The Pop-up Opera trailer is on the road from 4 to 28 September, at venues including:

  • 4-5 September - Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock 
  • 6 September - National Museum of Flight, East Lothian
  • 12-13 September - Riverside Museum, Glasgow
  • 19-20 September - Eden Court, Inverness

Plus more venues to be announced soon!

Tickets are free and must be booked in advance here. May be subject to venue entrance fee.

Pop-up Opera is proudly sponsored by Baillie Gifford

A Little Bit of The Gondoliers | Gilbert & Sullivan arr. Derek Clark | Illustrations Otto von Beach
Supported by The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

Two gorgeous gondoliers, dozens of adoring girls and the lost heir to the kingdom of Barataria: it can mean just one thing – trouble. Float away with us to Venice for one of Gilbert & Sullivan’s wittiest satires... It’s all about love, actually!

A Little Bit of Don Giovanni | Mozart arr. Derek Clark | Illustrations Tim Gravestock

In 18th-century Venice, charismatic womaniser Don Giovanni falls for the charms of naive young Donna Anna – with deadly consequences. After a lifetime of flirtation, can our anti-hero escape his ultimate reckoning?

The Song of the Clyde | Music Karen MacIver Words Allan Dunn | Illustrations Iain Piercy | For family audiences

Join us on a journey 100 miles long as we delve into the history of Scotland’s best-loved river. From ancient times to the present day, from a tiny trickle high in the hills of South Lanarkshire to the mighty sweep of Glasgow’s waterway: come hear the countless stories the Clyde has collected on its epic Scottish odyssey.

All shows are recommended for ages 7+

United Kingdom
Beacon Arts Centre, Custom House Quay, Greenock, PA15 1HJ