Joined by resident orchestra City of London Sinfonia, Opera Holland Park 2021 will open on 1 June with new productions of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Janácek’s The Cunning Little Vixen and Mascagni’s L’Amico Fritz. There will also be a revival of the company’s hugely successful 2018 staging of Verdi’s La Traviata.
The company still hopes to mount the 2020 productions , including Tchaikovsky's Eugene Onegin and Verdi's Rigoletto, at a later date, as the pandemic and artist schedules allow.
OHP's future has been helped by the generosity of many supporters, who left the money for this year's ticket purchases in the kitty, or made donations. As a result, artists this year have been paid.
La Traviata in 2018 starred Lauren Fagan as the doomed society hostess Violetta. Photo: Robert Workman
On Wednesday 3 June at 7:30PM only, there is a one-off chance to see last year's massive hit, Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera, streamed. The five-star opera is free to view, but donations are invited. Watch via OHP’s website orYouTube channel. Please note that the date of streaming has been changed from Tuesday 2 June, as a response to #BlackOutTuesday.
Off-stage, OHP takes many roles in the community. Inspire, its International Opera Award-winning education and outreach project, is continuing to work throughout the current health crisis with local partners including Age UK, using digital technology to reach isolated communities. There have been musical afternoons and tea parties for older audiences, and workshops for local schoolchildren.
The annual Open Day went ahead on Saturday 23 May, albeit virtually, with interactive online workshops, music and activities for all the family, and can still be enjoyed online.
Meanwhile on the international circuit, the Opera Holland Park 2019 season five-star double bill of Il Segreto di Susanna and Iolanta has been nominated for Best Production at the 2020 International Opera Awards, alongside Bayerische Staatsoper / Royal Opera House, La Monnaie in Brussels, the German Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Opéra de Lyon, France, and in Germany, the Bayreuth Festival.
Casting for Opera Holland Park 2021 will be announced in October. Watch Culture Whisper for details.
|What||Opera Holland Park 2021|
|Where||Opera Holland Park, Stable Yard, Holland Park, London , W8 6LU | MAP|
|Nearest tube||High Street Kensington (underground)|
01 Jun 21 – 31 Jul 21, Four productions, opening over eight weeks, performances most nights
|Website||Click here for more information|