We are proud to have been shortlisted for the 2021 Royal Philharmonic Society Awards in the Opera and Music Theatre category, for our achievements between July 2020 and June 2021.
The Royal Philharmonic Society said: “The caring, creative forces at Opera Holland Park ensured the company was ever-present and engaging for their local audience throughout the pandemic, and seized the moment to brilliantly reconceive their performance space, with the environment in mind.”
Our fellow nominees in the Opera and Music Theatre category are Vopera for L’enfant et les sortilèges and English National Opera for Drive & Live: La bohème.
Vopera’s director Rachel Hewer worked with us in 2019, directing the Young Artists production of Un ballo in maschera.
Several nominees in other categories may also be familiar to Opera Holland Park regulars. In the Inspiration category Themba Mvula, who appeared in L’amico Fritz as Hanezò this summer, is shortlisted with Lichfield Gospel Choir.
Elizabeth Llewellyn is nominated in the Singer category. She recently appeared with us in productions of Manon Lescaut (2019) and La rondine (2017). Also nominated in the Singer category is Nicky Spence, who was part of our Holocaust Memorial Day performance of Pavel Haas’s Fata Morgana this year. Jennifer Johnston, the final person nominated in the Singer category, performed on our stage this summer in Das Lied von der Erde with Fifth Door Ensemble.
The Royal Philharmonic Society Awards ‘celebrate the treasured role that classical music plays in our lives’. This year’s awards will specifically recognise ‘the vital role that music plays in testing times, and the selfless, resilient commitment of musicians to inspiring others’.
This year’s RPS Awards presentation takes place on Monday 1 November at Wigmore Hall. Tickets are on sale now from the Wigmore Hall website.