Don't miss: Il matrimonio segreto on tour

Don't miss: Il matrimonio segreto on tour

Jenna Simeonov

Pop-Up Opera is gearing up for its summer touring production, Cimarosa’s popular and peppey Il matrimonio segreto (The Secret Marriage). The opera buffa had a stellar premiere in 1792 in Vienna, and less than 10 years later it had seen over 70 performances across Europe.

True to their mission of finding creative and unexpected venues for their work, Pop-Up Opera’s production tours England from May 18-July 30, including several stops in London. We spoke with Max Hoehn, director of Il matrimonio segreto, about this story of an “ultimate engagement party from hell”.

What do you like about the story of Il matrimonio segreto?

Max Hoehn: It’s a piece that revels in anarchy. The story is driven by this collision of eccentric and forceful personalities who are trapped in the ultimate engagement party from hell. The ensembles are a real high point because they’re this rather mad combination of brilliantly crafted music and wild, chaotic situations.

What does it take to put together a production that tours well?

Hoehn: You need a strong structure for each scene and each character needs a clear identity form the outset. Within that structure there needs to be flexibility for the peculiarities of each venue and the ability for the singers to improvise, which is what makes this style of performing potentially so special.

What does it mean to you to challenge the way opera is traditionally performed?

Hoehn: I don’t believe there is a “traditional” way of performing opera whatever the context. However, what is interesting is taking the opera out and about to farms, castles, studios and churches and bringing the audience very close to the voices. Opera buffa was and is a popular form, so Pop-Up Opera’s mission can tap into that spirit.

For show dates and full details about Pop-Up Opera’s Il matrimonio segreto, click here.


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