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Festival: Opera Holland Park


June 4 – August 9, 2019

Founded in 1996, Opera Holland Park is a company with a unique voice and footprint. A short stroll from Kensington High Street, in the heart of one of the most peaceful parks of London, our canopy theatre is surrounded by lawns, woodland and formal gardens, and combines the best of urban and country house opera experiences. The ruins of Sir Walter Cope’s 1605 mansion, Holland House, provide the backdrop to our summer festival in a place that Time Out magazine dubbed “London’s most informally sophisticated venue”.

Opera Holland Park believes that everyone should have access to the finest live musical and theatrical performances, regardless of age, income or education. Our seasons typically balance fresh and insightful productions of established masterpieces with rarities by Catalani, Cilea, Giordano, Mascagni, Montemezzi, Wolf-Ferrari and Zandonai. An independent charity since 2015, with generous sponsorship from Investec Wealth and Investment since 2011, and on-going financial and hands-on support from individual donors, our mission is to break down the traditional barriers to experiencing opera.

Centred on the themes of secrets, lies, political intrigue and obsessive love, our 2019 summer season features Puccini’s Manon Lescaut, Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera, Cilea’s L’arlesiana and a double bill of Wolf-Ferrari’s Il segreto di Susanna and Tchaikovsky’sIolanta. The Royal Ballet School returns for their summer performances and we are pleased to welcome Juilliard415 and performers from the Marcus Institute of Vocal Arts for a special performance of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, as part of their European tour.

In 2010, Opera Holland Park was named Best Opera Company in the UK by The Sunday Times. We continue to pride ourselves on a welcoming atmosphere, on bold artistic planning, and on our history of nurturing the talents of singers, directors, conductors, designers and technicians through our Young Artists Programme. Graduates include Alison Langer, Stephen Aviss, conductor Matthew Kofi Waldren, and director John Wilkie, all of whom return to the company this year.

All year round OHP presents performances and cultural events in partnership with local venues. Through accessible pricing, education and outreach programmes we bring critically acclaimed work to the widest possible audience, offering 2,500 tickets under £20 and over 1,000

free for under 18s and over 65s. and a Schools’ Matinee Performance. We look forward to welcoming 1,000 more young people to discover opera in a performance of Un ballo in maschera especially for school groups by our Young Artists, following the success of the inaugural Schools’ Matinee in 2018.

For full information visit the Opera Holland Park website here.

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Ariadne aus Glasgow: a few twists at Opera Holland Park

Jennifer France (Zerbinetta) © Robert Workman
A spirited and seamless production of Strauss’s Ariadne is aided by some excellent singing and playing at London’s premier summer opera festival.
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Mascagni's Isabeau at Opera Holland Park

Anne Sophie Duprels (Isabeau) © Ali Wright
An embarrassingly trite libretto proves unsalvageable, even with a committed cast of singers.
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A classically elegant Così fan tutte at OHP

Sarah Tynan (Despina) and Peter Coleman-Wright (Don Alfonso) © Robert Workman
As the two sisters, Eleanor Dennis and Kitty Whately ideally complemented and blended with each other.  
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LondonManon LescautNew production

Manon Lescaut
Puccini: Manon Lescaut
Peter Robinson; Karolina Sofulak; Opera Holland Park; George Leigh; Elizabeth Llewellyn; Peter Auty

LondonUn ballo in mascheraNew production

Un ballo in maschera
Verdi: Un ballo in maschera
Matthew Kofi Waldren; Rodula Gaitanou; Opera Holland Park; Matteo Lippi; Anne-Sophie Duprels; George Von Bergen; Rosalind Plowright

LondonDido and Aeneas with Juilliard

Dido and Aeneas with Juilliard
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas
Avi Stein; Mary Birnbaum; Opera Holland Park; Juilliard415; Singers from Juilliard's Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts

LondonThe Royal Ballet School

The Royal Ballet School
Unknown programme
Sir Frederick Ashton; Marius Petipa; David Bintley; The Royal Ballet School

LondonL'arlesianaNew production

Cilea: L'arlesiana
Dane Lam; Oliver Platt; Opera Holland Park; Alyson Cummins; Fflur Wyn; Samantha Price; Yvonne Howard