This month, we're teaming up with Norma, a contemporary Sicilian restaurant based in Fitzrovia to offer you a great night of food and opera in the comfort of your own home.
Described as “a place of joy” in The Guardian, Norma has been delivering exquisite Sicilan-inspired feasting boxes to its customers since the pandemic began.
For three Fridays in March, the Norma feasting boxes will be accompanied by an exclusive pass to watch the film of Opera Holland Park’s acclaimed 2019 production of Un ballo in maschera. The opera is a thrilling drama of conflicted loyalties and forbidden love, performed by OHP favourites including Anne Sophie Duprels, Matteo Lippi, George von Bergen and Alison Langer, with City of London Sinfonia and the OHP Chorus.
For Norma’s customers, this will be an introduction to a fascinating opera; for Opera Holland Park’s audience, an introduction to a wonderful restaurant.
The exclusive Un ballo in maschera viewing link will be included with the ‘Norma Feasting Box’ and ‘Norma Vegetarian Feasting Box’ on 12, 19 and 26 March at £100 for two people.
Orders are taken on a weekly basis, see the Norma website for further details. Booking is now open for Friday 19 March only.
Booking for Friday 26 March will open on Wednesday 17 March at 12pm.
James Clutton says:
“How many times have we all enjoyed a night out, taking in a performance at the opera and dinner at a fabulous restaurant? Until we can do that in person again, the next best thing: a virtual night at Opera Holland Park while enjoying a delicious meal from Norma.
The theatre and hospitality industries have so much in common, their histories and current problems are entwined. Ben and his team at Norma share the values and ethos we have at OHP and we are thrilled to be working together to create a “night in to remember.”
Ben Tish, Norma’s Culinary Director and author of Moorish: Vibrant Recipes from the Mediterranean, says:
“I’m delighted that we can collaborate with James and his team at the brilliant Opera Holland Park. We are two industries that have been hit hardest by the pandemic and have had to think fast and out of the box in ways to move our businesses forward and diversify. A delicious Sicilian-inspired dinner and an opera sounds like just the (virtual) evening we all need right now.”