Our production of Cilea's tragic rarity, L'arlesiana, opened on Saturday night, and we're excited to share a first look at the production.
Directed and conducted by a pair of Opera Holland Park regulars, Oliver Platt and Dane Lam, this production is set in 1940s rural France, just after the end of the war. It stars Samuel Sakker as Federico, a young man in despair after learning that the woman he loves has taken another lover. Yvonne Howard sings the role of Rosa Mamai, his adoring but overbearing mother.
Fflur Wyn (Vivetta), Samantha Price (L’innocente), James Cleverton (Marco), Keel Watson (Baldassare) and Simon Wilding (Metifio) complete the cast. They are joined by the Opera Holland Park Chorus and City of London Sinfonia.
The set designs are by Alyson Cummins, Rory Beaton (a Knight of Illumination nominee for last year’s Così fan tutte) is the lighting designer and Caitlin Fretwell-Walsh provides the movement direction.
With just four performances left of this heartbreaking opera at Opera Holland Park, make sure you get your tickets today. L’arlesiana closes on 2 August.
All images are by © Ali Wright for Opera Holland Park.