South Croydon church becomes an opera house for Mozart

Mozart opera is coming to South Croydon next month.

Pop-up Opera is bringing its Mozart double-bill to South Croydon

Pop-Up Opera is staging a double bill with two one-act comedies showcasing Mozart’s inimitable style and sense of playfulness. Each performance is skilfully adapted to its venue as Pop-Up take their operas into unusual and unique spaces around the country, making them fun, fresh and intimate.

The Croydon performance will be at St Andrew’s Church on Southbridge Road on May 17, as part of the Croydonites Festival.

The church has recently undergone a major refurbishment, which allows the main part of the building is suitable to be used as a theatrical auditorium. Since the parish vicar left last year, a group of locals is managing the venue for a range of events, from Bulgarian dance classes to talks on ornithology.

But this will be the first opera performance.

South Croydon’s very first opera house

The first opera Der Schauspieldirektor was written in the last five years of his life, while Mozart composed Bastien und Bastienne when he was just 12 years old.

Pop-Up Opera’s 2018 summer season sees a collaboration with New British Music Theatre Award nominee Anna Pool, who has been critically acclaimed for her original directing style, working alongside the company’s musical director, Berrak Dyer.

“It’s so exciting to get to work with Mozart at two key moments in his career; one as the child prodigy, right at the start of it all, and the other as the genius in one of his most creative periods,” Anna Pool said.

“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.”

The performance lasts two hours, with an interval. Tickets are £12 (£10 concessions). For more information and to book tickets, click here.


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