In 1981 Peter Brook collaborated with composer Marius Constant to reimagine Bizet’s famous masterpiece La Tragédie de Carmen, and now Pop-Up Opera will be popping up in several exciting and intriguing venues around South London with their version of this emotive opera.  

Pop-Up Opera’s retelling of this intense and tragic tale follows the four key, multi-faceted, characters in a thought-provoking drama of unhinged love and jealousy. Actions are not without consequences and the stark reality of the repercussions for Don José are laid bare as the story unfolds in a series of his tormented flashbacks. 

The company continue to challenge the perception of opera and bring it to the next generation. With their combination of unique venues and cast of outstanding singers, they consistently capture the essence of this refined art form. Peter Brook’s fascinating and experimental ethos perfectly complements Pop-Up Opera’s passionate approach to staging relevant and exhilarating opera. 

Pop-Up Opera will stage this stripped back incarnation in French with their signature ‘silent movie’ captions in English, which will make this dark and thrilling piece a production you may not expect. 

La Tragédie de Carmen is on:

20th Sept. 7.30pm. Hayman’s Distillery, 8A Weir Road, Balham, SW12 0G 

25th Sept. 7pm.  Asylum Peckham, Caroline Gardens Chapel, Asylum Road, SE15 2SQ 

26th Sept. 7.30pm. Brunel Museum, Thames Tunnel Shaft, Railway Ave, SE16 4LF 

Admission: £17 – £24. 

Photo: Credit The Other Richard