Touring Scotland | Summer 2020

Pop-up Opera

Proudly sponsored by Baillie Gifford

You may not be able to come back to the theatre yet – so instead, we’re coming to you!

Pop-up Opera is back on the road with three captivating shows for audiences of all ages. 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 pint-sized versions of The Gondoliers and Don Giovanni, which take you on an unforgettable journey through the operas’ musical and dramatic highlights – in just 30 minutes each. And discover The Song of the Clyde, a brand new operatic history of Scotland’s best-loved river, created especially for family audiences.

Safety for all audience members, performers and technical staff has been built into all three 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 are free and must be booked in advance using the links above.*
*May be subject to venue entrance fees. See booking links for details.

Pop-up Opera is proudly sponsored by Baillie Gifford

Pop-up Opera is supported by The Rowena Alison Goffin Charitable Trust, H R Creswick's Charitable Trust and The W. A. Cargill FundA Little Bit of The Gondoliers is supported by The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

A Little Bit of The Gondoliers | Gilbert & Sullivan arr. Derek Clark | Illustrations Otto von Beach
Supported by The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

Two gorgeous gondoliers, dozens of adoring girls and the lost heir to the kingdom of Barataria: it can mean just one thing – trouble. Float away with us to Venice for one of Gilbert & Sullivan’s wittiest satires... It’s all about love, actually!

A Little Bit of Don Giovanni | Mozart arr. Derek Clark | Illustrations Tim Gravestock

In 18th-century Venice, charismatic womaniser Don Giovanni falls for the charms of naive young Donna Anna – with deadly consequences. After a lifetime of flirtation, can our anti-hero escape his ultimate reckoning?

The Song of the Clyde | Music Karen MacIver Words Allan Dunn | Illustrations Iain Piercy | For family audiences

Join us on a journey 100 miles long as we delve into the history of Scotland’s best-loved river. From ancient times to the present day, from a tiny trickle high in the hills of South Lanarkshire to the mighty sweep of Glasgow’s waterway: come hear the countless stories the Clyde has collected on its epic Scottish odyssey.

* All shows are recommended for ages 7+

Cast & Creative Team

Sarah Power / Stephanie Stanway

Aidan Edwards / Andrew McTaggart

Allan Dunn

Andrew Drummond Huggan

Ian Watt / Sasha Savaloni

What to expect

Already booked your tickets, or thinking about coming to one of our outdoor performances of Pop-up Opera? We're doing everything we can to keep audiences, performers and staff members safe, and we want you to feel assured that we are taking every measure possible to make sure this is the case. 

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Level access

Access to all Pop-up Opera performances will be step-free.

As the show is traveling to multiple locations, we are not able to guarantee that the ground will be suitable for all types of wheelchair or pushchair. We recommend checking with the venue if you have any specific accessibility requirements before traveling. We have provided links to each venue's website via the booking links above.

Wheelchair spaces

Our event stewards will direct any groups with wheelchair users to occupy a pod at the end of a row. Please let us know in advance if you require space on the end of a row so that we can reserve this for you. You can do this by emailing


As the show is touring to several outdoor venues, we are not able to guarantee access to toilets or catering facilities, particularly because of the increased vigilance around shared public facilities. Please see the venue websites via the booking links above for more information.

Please check availability and opening times of toilets and baby changing facilities directly with venues as these may be subject to change at short notice due to Government guidelines. These facilities are not managed by Scottish Opera.