Sat 23 May 2020
On Saturday 23 May 2020 we hosted our first Virtual Open Day with interactive online workshops, music and activities for all the family.
With the 2020 Season at our theatre in Holland Park postponed until further notice, this year’s annual Open Day was held online, but with all the same opportunities to have fun, meet new people, learn new skills, and find out more about the inner workings of an opera company.
Open to all, and especially suitable for families, all activities can be enjoyed for free and from the comfort of your home, across our social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube).
You can browse the full schedule and watch all the sessions on demand at the links below, or on our YouTube channel.
Join us for an operatic vocal warm up with Christopher Killerby, covering breathing, supporting the voice, and improving your tone. Watch on demand and find out more
Have you ever wanted to look completely different? Linchpin of the Opera Holland Park Chorus, Ian Massa-Harris is a specialist in prosthetics, special effects, historical, character and theatrical make up. Here he will take us through the art of transforming your face for the stage. Just tune in to our Facebook and YouTube channels at 12.15pm to watch. Watch on demand and find out more
Three conductors from recent Opera Holland Park seasons, Matthew Kofi Waldren, Dane Lam and Lada Valešová, demonstrate the skills and pitfalls of conducting opera. Watch on demand and find out more
Put your questions to three of Opera Holland Park’s principal singers: Alison Langer, Nadine Benjamin and Paul Carey Jones. Hosted by Anna Picard, the singers will talk about their careers and their experiences working for Opera Holland Park. Watch on demand and find out more
Directors Martin Lloyd-Evans, Rodula Gaitanou and Rebecca Meltzer get together with Anna Picard to talk about their experiences directing opera ad answer your questions as they discuss the creative process from commission to opening night. Watch on demand and find out more
Lada Valešová, conductor, pianist, and language coach, leads a masterclass with mezzo-soprano Charlotte Badham, one of the Opera Holland Park Young Artists. Working together on the text and music, Lada and Charlotte will give an insight into the detailed preparation behind live performance. Watch on demand and find out more
Find out what it takes to be a set and costume designer with Alyson Cummins. The designer of recent Opera Holland Park productions Cosi fan tutte (2018) and L’arlesiana (2019) discusses the journey from mood board to fittings and technical rehearsals. Watch on demand and find out more
John Savournin, Opera Holland Park Chorus Master Richard Harker, and the Opera Holland Park Chorus invite you to join them in a tongue-twisting family finale. Learn the music and lyrics of ‘I am the very model of a Modern Major General’ from The Pirates of Penzance and sing along with us in an event for all ages and abilities. Watch on demand and find out more