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Mozart double bill is a summer treat

Pop-Up Opera's Summer Season is coming to the village of Knipton, in the Vale of Belvoir, next Sunday (July 8), with a Mozart double bill of Der Schauspieldirektor and Bastien und Bastienne.

Pop-Up Opera will present a special Mozart double bill with two entrancing one-act comedies showcasing Mozart’s inimitable style and sense of playfulness at All Saints Church, starting at 5pm.

Each performance is skilfully adapted to its venue as Pop-Up take their operas into unusual and unique spaces around the UK, making them fun, fresh and intimate.

This lively double bill allows for a closer study of Mozart’s oeuvre as it explores two works written at very different times in Mozart’s life. The first opera, Der Schauspieldirektor, was written in the last five years of his life, whereas he composed Bastien und Bastienne when he was just 12 years old.

These engaging operas bring together amazing vocal acrobatics alongside Pop-Up’s signature ‘silent movie’ captions to tell the story in which a pair of actresses battle it out to be the prima donna and a pair of lovers tease and test their feelings for each other.

Pop-Up Opera’s Summer Season will see an exciting new collaboration with New British Music Theatre Award nominee Anna Pool, critically acclaimed for her bold and fiery, original directing style, who will be working alongside the company’s talented musical director, Berrak Dyer.

Anna commented: "It's so exciting to get to work with Mozart at two key moments in his career; one (Bastien und Bastienne) as the child prodigy, right at the start of it all, and the other (Der Schauspieldirektor) as the genius in one of his most creative periods.

"His world is vivid, funny, ridiculous and still, over 200 years later, utterly relatable. Lovers fight, pine, manipulate. Artists argue, create and constantly battle against an ever-rising tide of funding cuts.

"I'm really enjoying exploring the characters that sprang from Mozart's head, and allowing them to make their home in so many fantastic spaces is hugely rewarding."

Tickets priced at £25 include a glass of wine and are available from Eloise Manners on 07931 315423, enapier@mac.com or pop into the Knipton Stores or call them on 01476 870201.

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