Scottish Opera - Pop-up Opera

A Little Bit of The Pirates of Penzance

Bladnoch Park
In person event
Sat 25 Sep
14:00 UK

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 a pint-sized version of Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance, which takes you on an unforgettable journey through the opera's musical and dramatic highlights – in just 30 minutes. Packed with screwball humour, memorable characters, and of course brilliant tongue-twisting tunes, this mini opera is perfect for audiences of all ages. A young man bound by an overactive sense of duty, a soft-hearted pirate king with a hopeless band of rogues at his side, a beautiful young girl, a very modern major-general and an ineffectual bevy of policemen add a plot hinging on the technicalities of having a birthday on the 29th of February... What could possibly go wrong?

Safety for all audience members, performers and technical staff has been built into both 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. 

Tickets for this event are being sold externally, by Scottish Opera

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