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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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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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An engrossing La traviata at Opera Holland Park

Lauren Fagan (Violetta) © Robert Workman
Opera Holland Park starts its 2018 season with a bang (and a cough), offering a splendid new production of La traviata. Lauren Fagan is a sensational Violetta, but the production is a real company effort and achievement.
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