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Guide to Opera Holland Park


May 29th – July 28th, 2018

Founded in 1996, Opera Holland Park is a company with a unique voice and footprint. A short strollfrom Kensington High Street, in the heart of one of the most peaceful parks of London, our canopytheatre is surrounded by lawns, woodland and formal gardens, and combines the best of urban andcountry 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’smost informally sophisticated venue”.

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

Our 2018 festival opens in the champagne-fuelled demimonde of Verdi’s Parisian tragedy, Latraviata, and closes with the fireworks of Strauss’s Viennese backstage comedy, Ariadne auf Naxos,co-produced with Scottish Opera. Mozart’s Neapolitan masquerade of seduction and deception, Cosìfan tutte, and the UK première of Mascagni’s 1911 mediaeval fantasy, Isabeau, inspired by thelegend of Lady Godiva, complete the summer programme.

In 2010, Opera Holland Park was named Best Opera Company in the UK by The Sunday Times. Wecontinue to pride ourselves on a welcoming atmosphere, on bold artistic planning, and on ourhistory of nurturing the talents of singers, directors, conductors, designers and technicians through our Young Artists Programme. Graduates include tenor David Butt Philip and conductor Matthew Waldren, both 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 workto the widest possible audience, offering 1,500 free tickets annually to the under-18s and over-60s,and, as of 2018, a Schools Matinée Performance.

 For full information visit the Opera Holland Park website here.

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LondonLa traviata

La traviata
Verdi: La traviata
Matthew Kofi Waldren; Rodula Gaitanou; Opera Holland Park; Cordelia Chisholm; Lauren Fagan; Matteo Desole; Stephen Gadd

LondonCosì fan tutte

Così fan tutte
Mozart: Così fan tutte
Dane Lam; Oliver Platt; Opera Holland Park; Alyson Cummins; Eleanor Dennis; Kitty Whately; Nick Pritchard

LondonThe Royal Ballet School

The Royal Ballet School
Royal Ballet School of London


Mascagni: Isabeau
Francesco Cilluffo; Martin Lloyd-Evans; Opera Holland Park; takis; Mikhail Svetlov; Anne-Sophie Duprels; George Von Bergen

LondonAriadne auf Naxos

Ariadne auf Naxos
Strauss R.: Ariadne auf Naxos
Brad Cohen; Antony McDonald; Opera Holland Park; Mardi Byers; Kor-Jan Dusseljee; Jennifer France
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Gambling and Gothic: The Queen of Spades

Peter Wedd (Herman) © Robert Workman
Tchaikovsky's High Gothic opera about gambling obsessions is worth seeing for a first class staging, albeit with a mixed musical performance.
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Gags, rhymes and melodies: Die Fledermaus

Ben Johnson (Eisenstein), Robert Burt (Dr Blind) and Susanna Hurrell (Rosalinde) © Robert Workman
After a sparkling Act I, energy fades slightly on a sweltering night in London, but Opera Holland Park's Die Fledermaus has a lot going for it.
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Vocal pyrotechnics and Rossinian laughs

Victoria Simmonds (Angelina) and Nico Darmanin (Ramiro) © Robert Workman
Opera Holland Park's traditionally staged Cenerentola has plenty of sparkle and a fine cast of talented singers.
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Brush up your Puccini: a 16th-century Bohème

Shaun Dixon (Rodolfo) and Anna Patalong (Mimì) © Robert Workman
La bohème staged as Tudorbethan drama? Opera Holland Park's quirky tribute to Shakespeare400 is a lot of fun. 
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