With a year-round commitment to excellence in opera, centred on an extraordinary three-month summer festival, Opera Holland Park is a breath of fresh air in the heart of London. Every summer we build a theatre and perform to audiences from across the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and beyond. Surrounded by the beautiful formal gardens, wilded woodlands and renowned Kyoto Garden of Holland Park, our canopied open-air auditorium is the perfect place to enjoy critically acclaimed opera welcoming over 30,000 audiences each summer.

With deep roots in civic heritage dating back to 1996, Opera Holland Park’s mission is to share the cultural, wellbeing and social benefits of opera with our local community. Guided by our vision for everyone in West London to have the opportunity to fall in love with exceptional opera, our core values shape all that we do.

CREATIVITY: Is woven into the fabric of how we do business. From planning to production, it is central to our work.

COMMUNITY: We are not just a company, but a community of creatives welcoming as many people as possible from the local community into the Opera Holland Park family.

INTEGRITY: Every one of us believes wholeheartedly in the importance of each project we work on, getting to the heart of the stories that make opera such a compelling art form.

RESPECT: Our respect for one another defines how we work together in the rehearsal room, offices, backstage and beyond. It also defines our relationship with the historic site and our approach to the environment and sustainability.

We have a singular voice in the arts world. Regularly covered by The Times, Telegraph and Financial Times alongside features in BBC Radio Four and Three, our reputation for dazzling work, discovery of talent, and inventive communication via film and other media gives us an identity that has made us among the most respected companies in the UK.

Outreach and education within the local community and beyond remains a core mission of the company, epitomised by our award-winning programme Inspire which is dedicated to breaking down barriers by working with the community, embracing and enriching the lives of all. As an independent charity, we serve the local community in care homes, hospices, shelters, schools and beyond, throughout the calendar year.

Great opera, great ambience, great values. 

Our History

Opera Holland Park’s history can be traced to 1605, when Holland House, the backdrop of our beautiful canopied theatre, first came into existence. Since the company was founded in 1996, it has grown into a successful independent charity and internationally-renowned opera company.