In advance of the 2024 Opera Holland Park Season, we delve into various themes and ideas behind the text and music in the company of our leading creatives and invited experts. From comedy to tragedy and the pastoral charms of Handel’s little opera, Acis and Galatea, the series is designed to whet your appetite for the performances to come and enhance your enjoyment in the summer.

For this panel talk, singer and director John Savournin, conductor John Andrews, director Cecilia Stinton, mezzo soprano Clare Presland, répétiteur Fran Hills and critic Robert Thicknesse join Anna Picard to discuss the performance and pitfalls of comic operas from Rossini to Gilbert and Sullivan and Wolf-Ferrari.