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Festival: Opera Holland Park

Biography

CANCELLED: June 2nd – August 8th, 2020

Opera Holland Park is a company with a unique voice in London. A short stroll from Kensington High Street, our canopy theatre is surrounded by lawns, woodland and formal gardens. The ruins of Holland House provide the backdrop to a place that Time Out magazine dubbed “London’s most informally sophisticated venue”.

Our productions of Puccini’s Il trittico (2013), Mascagni’s Isabeau (2018) and the double bill of Wolf-Ferrari’s Il segreto di Susanna and Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta (2019) have been nominated for Royal Philharmonic Society and International Opera Awards. Recent stagings of La traviata, Flight, The Queen of Spades, Ariadne auf Naxos and Un ballo in maschera have attracted four and five star reviews.

The 2020 season opens with Julia Burbach’s production of Eugene Onegin and Natascha Metherell’s production of Rigoletto. Both directors make their company debuts, as does Christopher Luscombe with The Merry Widow. John Savournin’s production of The Pirates of Penzance, in collaboration with Charles Court Opera, marks the first staging of a Gilbert and Sullivan comedy at Opera Holland Park for twenty years. The 2020 rarity is a double-bill of Puccini’s Le villi and Delius’s only verismo opera, Margot la Rouge, directed by Martin Lloyd Evans.

In 2010, Opera Holland Park was named Best Opera Company in the UK by The Sunday Times. Ten years on, we continue to pride ourselves on a welcoming atmosphere, on strong artistic planning, on an ensemble ethos, and on our history of nurturing the talents of emerging singers, directors, conductors and designers through our Young Artists Programme.

Graduates of the scheme include the conductors Matthew Kofi Waldren and Dane Lam, bass Blaise Mlaba, tenor Stephen Aviss and soprano Alison Langer, all of whom return this season. Other artists and creatives in the 2020 season include Anush Hovhannisyan, Alex Otterburn, Simon Higlett, Nicky Spence, Amanda Roocroft, takis, Matteo Desole, Rory Beaton, Julia Sporsén, Anne Sophie Duprels, Nadine Benjamin, Francesco Cilluffo, Richard Burkhard and Yvonne Howard.

An independent charity, Opera Holland Park takes opera to the community and brings the community to opera. We were the first opera company in the UK to present a relaxed performance. Our theatre is wheelchair accessible and dementia-friendly. All year round we present events in partnership with local venues, including discussion panels, lectures and masterclasses designed to strengthen our audience’s connection to the work on stage and our connection to our members and supporters.

Through our International Opera Award-winning Inspire programme we reach the widest possible audience, offering 2,500 tickets under £20 and over 1,000 free tickets for under 18s and over 65s. Our Inspire projects take opera to schools, hospitals and care homes, working with people at risk of social isolation within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and beyond.

The annual Schools’ Matinee Performance, performed and conducted by the OHP Young Artists, has been an outstanding success since its inauguration in 2018. We look forward to welcoming another 1,000 children to the theatre this year for our performance of Eugene Onegin. The inaugural Discovery Matinee pulls all of our Inspire strands together in a relaxed performance of Rigoletto with touch tour and audio description to welcome first time opera-goers, families, children and adults with disabilities or special educational needs and their carers to Opera Holland Park.

For full information visit the Opera Holland Park website here.

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Cilea’s L’arlesiana shines at Holland Park

Yvonne Howard (Rosa Mamai) © Ali Wright
A good, honest staging and solid singing add up to an excellent new production – its third – at Opera Holland Park. 
****1
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Wolf-Ferrari entertains, Tchaikovsky bewitches at Holland Park

John Savournin (Sante), Clare Presland (Susanna) © Opera Holland Park | Ali Wright
Wolf-Ferrari's Il segreto di Susanna provides an airy bon-bouche to Tchaikovsky's Iolanta, brilliantly sung by Natalya Romaniw and David Butt Philip and conducted to fairy-tale perfection by Sian Edwards
***11
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Un ballo in maschera showcases Opera Holland Park at its best

Anne Sophie Duprels (Amelia) and Matteo Lippi (Gustavo) © Ali Wright
Gaitanou’s direction of the singers is so exact that it becomes impossible to separate them from their characters.
*****
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