The film will be shown once, free of charge, on this page and on our YouTube channel on the evening that would have been the opening of the 2020 Season. We hope you can join us for this premiere streaming as we raise a toast to better times and a return to our home in Holland Park.

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Acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, Un ballo in maschera saw director Rodula Gaitanou, conductor Mathew Kofi Waldren and City of London Sinfonia reunite after the success of their collaboration on La traviata in 2018. Designed by takis, the sets and costume shift the central drama of the opera from an imagined 18th century to the glamour and shadows of the 1940s.

French soprano Anne Sophie Duprels (Amelia), Italian tenor Matteo Lippi (Gustavo) and British baritone George von Bergen (Anckarström) were joined in the main cast by rising star and former OHP Young Artist Alison Langer (Oscar), the distinguished mezzo-soprano Rosalind Plowright OBE (Madame Arvidson) and baritones Benjamin Bevan (Ribbing), John Savournin (Horn) and Ross Ramgobin (Cristiano), with the Opera Holland Park Chorus. Lighting was by Simon Corder, with choreography by Steve Elias and fight direction by Bret Yount.

This streaming was originally scheduled to take place on Tuesday 2 June. Opera Holland Park is aware of the #BlackOutTuesday movement among parts of the music industry that began to gather pace yesterday. We are individually and as a company committed to equality and we understand the desire of the music industry to make a strong statement about this issue. We will therefore now broadcast Un ballo in maschera on Wednesday 3 June at 7.30pm.