4 June – 3 August 2013
Opera Holland Park, sponsored by Investec Wealth & Investment, is a summer opera company which produces an annual season of opera performances staged under a temporary canopy to the back-drop of Holland House, in Holland Park, west London.
In 2007 the theatre was expanded by the addition of a spectacular new canopy. There are 1,000 seats in the auditorium and 4 beautiful picnic areas in which you can eat and relax in the stunning surroundings before the performance and during the interval.
Opera Holland Park was established in 1996 and in recent years the company has enjoyed a long string of hits with major achievements in productions of more obscure repertoire (L’amore dei tre Re, 2007; Kát’a Kabanová, 2009; Francesca da Rimini, 2010; Yevgeny Onegin, 2012). It is now considered one of the most accomplished non-state opera companies in the UK. The resident orchestra is the City of London Sinfonia.
Each season around half a dozen operas are staged (for 2013: Cavalleria rusticana> and Pagliacci; Madama Butterfly; Les pêcheurs de perles; L’elisir d’amore; I gioielli della Madonna and out first ever commission, the world première of a brand-new family opera by Will Todd, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland). The company has developed a reputation for producing works from the verismo and giovane scuola repertoire and great successes have also been seen in Russian and Czech repertoire.
The venue and company are famed for a warm informality coupled with serious artistic intent and dedication. Pricing is determinedly accessible and the company has two Free Tickets Schemes that offers free seats to people aged between 9 and 18 years old and for people over 60 years. Under the company’s Inspire Project (an outreach and education initiative) nearly 4,000 seats are offered at just £12.
Opera Holland Park was named Best UK Opera Company by the Sunday Times in 2010.