Corruption, seduction and toxic masculinity in the court of Mantua. A gingerbread house that conceals a terrible secret. Passion and precarity in the Quartier Latin. The world premiere of an explosive new opera, and the ghostly curse of the Murgatroyd family.

Rigoletto (30 May – 24 June 2023)

Director Cecilia Stinton and conductor Lee Reynolds (Carmen, 2022) reunite to create a new production of Verdi’s consummate tragedy of innocence, power and corruption in the court of Mantua, with Stephen Gadd (Rigoletto), David Junghoon Kim (Duke) and Alison Langer (Gilda) leading the cast. 

Rigoletto Stephen Gadd
Gilda Alison Langer
Duke of Mantua David Junghoon Kim
2nd Duke of Mantua (7 and 9 June) Elgan Llŷr Thomas
Sparafucile Simon Wilding
Maddalena Hannah Pedley
Giovanna Georgia Mae Bishop
Count Ceprano Benson Wilson
Countess Ceprano Joanna Harries
Borsa Mike Bradley
Monterone Matthew Stiff
Marullo Jacob Phillips
Court Usher Samuel Snowden
Page Annie George

Conductor Lee Reynolds
Director Cecilia Stinton
Designer Neil Irish
Lighting Designer Jake Wiltshire
Chorus Master Dominic Ellis-Peckham

Hansel and Gretel (10 – 23 June 2023)

Charlotte Badham and Laura Lolita Perešivana play the plucky siblings in Humperdinck’s enchanting fairytale of confectionery and kidnapping. Meeta Raval and Paul Carey Jones are the weary parents, with Eleanor Dennis as the Witch, and April Koyejo-Audiger and Charlotte Bowden as the Sandman and Dew Fairy. Rising star Karin Hendrickson makes her company debut conducting the City of London Sinfonia in a new production from director John Wilkie (Il segreto di Susanna, 2019, The Bear, 2021)

Hansel Charlotte Badham
Gretel Laura Lolita Perešivana
The Gingerbread Witch Eleanor Dennis
Peter Paul Carey Jones
Gertrud Meeta Raval
The Sandman April Koyejo-Audiger
The Dew Fairy Charlotte Bowden

Conductor Karin Hendrickson
Director John Wilkie
Designer Neil Irish
Lighting Designer Robert Price
Movement Director Michael Spenceley
Chorus Master Dominic Ellis-Peckham

La bohème (19 July – 5 August 2023)

Puccini’s evergreen portrait of love and friendship in the Quartier Latin returns to Holland Park in a new production by director Natascha Metherell. George Jackson (The Marriage of Figaro, 2021) conducts this sparkling score, with Katie Bird and Adam Gilbert as Mimì and Rodolfo, Elizabeth Karani and Ross Ramgobin as Musetta and Marcello, and Harry Thatcher and Barnaby Rea at Schaunard and Colline.

Rodolfo Adam Gilbert
Rodolfo (27 June) Joseph Buckmaster
Mimì Katie Bird
Marcello Ross Ramgobin
Musetta Elizabeth Karani
Schaunard Harry Thatcher
Colline Barnaby Rea
Alcindoro / Benoît Henry Grant Kerswell
A Customs Sergeant Alistair Sutherland
Parpignol Phillip Costovski

Conductor George Jackson
Director Natascha Metherell
Designer Madeleine Boyd
Lighting Designer Charlie Morgan Jones
Chorus Master Richard Harker

Itch (22 July – 4 August 2023)

The world premiere of a new opera by Britain’s leading composer, Jonathan Dove, and librettist Alasdair Middleton, with designs by Frankie Bradshaw and lighting by Jake Wiltshire. Based on Simon Mayo’s novels, and custom-made for an unbeatable ensemble cast, Itch is an element-hunting adventure story. Director Stephen Barlow (Tosca, 2007, Flight, 2015) and conductor Jessica Cottis (The Cunning Little Vixen, 2021) join Natasha Agarwal, Rebecca Bottone, Eric Greene, Robert Burt, James Laing, Victoria Simmonds and Nicholas Garrett, as Adam Temple-Smith’s Itchingham Lofte attempts to save the world from element 126, and save element 126 from the world.

Itchingham Lofte Adam Temple-Smith
Jack Lofte Natasha Agarwal
Jude Lofte / Roshanna Wing Rebecca Bottone
Nicholas Lofte Eric Greene
Bob Evert / Kinch Rob Burt
Cake / Berghahn James Laing
Watkins Victoria Simmonds
Nathaniel Flowerdew Nicholas Garrett

Composer Jonathan Dove
Librettist Alasdair Middleton
Conductor Jessica Cottis
Director Stephen Barlow
Designer Frankie Bradshaw
Lighting Designer Jake Wiltshire

Ruddigore (9 – 12 August 2023)

Opera Holland Park and Charles Court Opera join forces with a new production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s ghostly comic opera, Ruddigore. Director and singer John Savournin twirls his moustache as the wicked baronet, Sir Despard Murgatroyd, who is cursed to commit a crime every day. G&S stalwart Richard Suart joins him as Old Adam Goodheart, with Llio Evans as Rose Maybud, Heather Lowe as Mad Margaret, Heather Shipp as Dame Hannah and Stephen Gadd as Sir Roderic Murgatroyd.

Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd Matthew Kellett
Sir Despard Murgatroyd John Savournin
Sir Roderic Murgatroyd Stephen Gadd
Richard Dauntless David Webb
Old Adam Goodheart Richard Suart
Rose Maybud Llio Evans
Mad Margaret Heather Lowe
Dame Hannah Heather Shipp
Zorah Natasha Agarwal
Ruth Caroline Carragher

Conductor David Eaton
Director John Savournin
Designer Madeleine Boyd
Chorus Master Richard Harker