Natalya Romaniw will sing Iolanta, the blind heroine unaware that she has no sight until loves changes everything. Already a favourite at OPH after her Lisa in Tchaikovsky's Queen of Spades in 2016, Romaniw won wide acclaim as Mimì in English National Opera’s recent La Bohéme. Take every chance you can to hear this soprano, one of OHP's great finds.
Romaniw is joined by fast-rising tenor David Butt Philip, who impressed in ENO’s moving staging of Britten’s War Requiem last November, and by baritone Ashley Riches, who won praise for his portrayal of Don Giovanni at OHP in 2017. The always-reliable bass Grant Doyle (The Skating Rink, Garsington, and Radamisto, ETO) also joins the impressive line-up of principals.
David Butt Philip sings Count Vaudémont in Iolanta at Opera Holland Park
Sian Edwards conducts the City of London Sinfonia, Olivia Fuchs directs and design is by takis.
Iolanta is paired with Il Segreto di Susanna, by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, in a double-bill of huge contrast. While Iolanta is deeply poignant, Il Segretto is a delicious farce of modern manners and marital mistrust from 1909. The Susanna of the title is Countess Susanna, sung by Clare Presland (Varvara in OHP's 2017 Katya Kabanova). And her secret? She smokes!!
Richard Burkhard, much admired in Zazà in 2017 is deceived husband Count Gil and OHP regular John Savournin is the silent servant Sante. John Andrews conducts, John Wilkie directs and design is, again, by takis.
Ashley Riches returns to Opera Holland Park in 'Iolanta'. Photo: Debbie Scanlan
The double bill promises to be a delicious evening of teasing and heart-melting romance. Iolanta, in particular, will be a revelation to many opera-goers: if you love Eugene Onegin, you will love this. Listen out for Russian bass Mikhail Svetlov's powerful aria as Iolanta's distraught father Rene, protecting his daughter from the truth about her blindness. Hankies out!!
'Il Segreto di Susanna' is sung in Italian with English surtitles. 'Iolanta' is sung in Russian with English surtitles. General booking opens at 10AM on 27 Feb
|What||Il Segreto di Susanna & Iolanta, Opera Holland Park|
|Where||Opera Holland Park, Stable Yard, Holland Park, London , W8 6LU | MAP|
|Nearest tube||High Street Kensington (underground)|
22 Jul 19 – 03 Aug 19, six performances
|Website||Click here for more information and booking|