Leading the vast cast are the Dutch tenor Kor-Jan Dusseljee as The Tenor and Bacchus, and American soprano Mardi Byers as the Prima Donna and Ariadne. OHP favourite Jennifer France sings Zerbinetta, and Stephen Gadd is The Music Teacher.
These, and others, are the characters who are thrown together at the party of a wealthy man. But when dinner overruns, the high-minded opera crowd must perform cheek-by-jowl with the low theatre bunch. Their reluctant collaboration has hilarious and lastingly happy results, with lessons learned by all on the validity of all art forms.
Actress and satirist Eleanor Bron plays The Major Domo in Ariadne Auf Naxos. Photo: BBC Pictures
Also appearing, as The Major Domo, is actress and satirist Eleanor Bron, who plays Carol Tregorran in The Archers.
Brad Cohen, music director of Western Australia Opera, conducts, with Antony McDonald making his OHP debut as director and designer.
Ariadne Auf Naxos is sung in German with English surtitles. Booking opens at 10AM on 12 February
|What||Strauss's Ariadne Auf Naxos, Opera Holland Park|
|Where||Opera Holland Park, Stable Yard, Holland Park, London , W8 6LU | MAP|
|Nearest tube||High Street Kensington (underground)|
17 Jul 18 – 27 Jul 18, five performances
|Price||£20 - £76|
|Website||Click here for more information and booking|