Valentine’s opera at Fitz
Fitz Alumna Clementine Lovell, founder of Pop-up Opera, returns to Fitz with a Valentine’s Night show – Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia.
Clementine Lovell (Arch & Anth 2000) formed Pop-up Opera in 2011. Pop-up Opera is a touring company which takes opera into places you least expect it. The production adapts to each venue and offers exciting performances at close range from talented professional singers. They performed 90 shows last year.
Clementine said: “I’m very proud to bring my company to perform at my old college! I was very much involved with music at Fitz: I was part of the Sirens, who share the same ethos of engaging with an audience and drawing them in to really feel part of the performance. Pop-up Opera is all about making opera fun and enjoyable for everyone."
The idea of bringing Pop-up Opera to Fitzwilliam came about after Fitzwilliam’s Director of Music, Katharine Parton, invited Clementine to speak at the Music Society dinner, also in February.
After studying at Fitzwilliam College, Clementine trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and also studied and performed in Italy. She has spent the last few years building the company, together with Fiona Johnston, working full time as producers to bring Pop-up Opera to an increasing number of venues around the UK.
Before embarking on full time vocal training Clementine worked as Community Archaeologist for Herefordshire County, working predominantly with volunteers and outreach groups.
The production is on for one night only at Fitzwilliam College, so if you want a unique way to spend St Valentine's, what could be better than watching a farce about love?
Witness razor-sharp timing as the ever resourceful barber, Figaro, tries to help the young Count Almaviva win the hand of the beautiful Rosina, out of love rather than for his wealth. Soon the pair set about to produce many disguises for the count, and thus the farce ensues!
Rossini's famous opera buffa is sung in Italian with English captions.
Tuesday 14 February | 7:30 | Auditorium.
Running time 2 hours 10 minutes plus interval.
Tickets £20: £10 for students.