It is very seldom that the Beaminster Festival invites a performance on consecutive years, but Pop-up Opera made such an impact on the audience in 2016 who said ‘We have to have them back!’
The singers are dynamic young professional opera singers at the start of promising careers, led by the Founder and Director, Clementine Lovell and as the opera is sung in Italian, there are silent movie style captions screened to keep you abreast of the story. Our church of St Mary’s should lend itself beautifully with all its exits and nooks and crannies so watch out, an opera singer may well pop up ‘Behind You!’
Partly based on the 1766 English comedy ‘The Clandestine Marriage’ by David Garrick and George Colman, Domenico Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segreto was a widely popular example of opera buffa in its day. This sparkling comedy tells the story of Geronimo, a wealthy citizen of Bologna, who is trying to arrange aristocratic marriages for his two daughters, Carolina and Elisetta. However, his plans seem destined to fail as his daughter Carolina is already secretly married to Paolino, his young secretary. Through a series of humorous situations the young couple confess their marriage and all ends well.
Full of lovely tunes in both solos and ensembles, this infectious happy piece proves to be one of those neglected gems, ideal for a small opera company to polish with care and attention, no doubt adding more than a touch of hilarity.
It promises to be a delightful evening of sparkling music, glorious singing and plenty of amusement. A real ‘feel good’ night out!