Le Docteur Miracle - Popup Opera - Drink, Shop & Do, 10 March 2013
I doubt if I'll ever be an unqualified fan of cut-down opera, but it can work - sometimes. The most ambitious successes, like Opera Up Close's Poppea, rethink the source material musically and dramatically. The other route to victory is to rely on laughs - which given the unfunniness of most operatic 'comedies' often means ladling on a little extra material.
Clementine Lovell's Popup Opera company have gone for a bit of both for their latest offering, Bizet's Le Docteur Miracle - and it works.