Opera in Song Returns

Combining the intimacy of a song recital and the drama of opera, our Opera in Song recital series opens next week, curated by Julien Van Mellaerts and Dylan Perez. Introduced to complement and enhance the Opera Holland Park Season last year, Opera in Song returns with an expanded programme of six recitals starting next Tuesday 28 June.

On Wednesday 29 June, Lauren Fagan will now replace Louise Alder in Unsung Heroines, singing music by Clara Schumann, Richard Strauss, Dvořák, Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky. The recital will be held in support of Solace Women’s Aid. Lauren played the role of Violetta in OHP’s production of La traviata in 2018 and 2021.

Other artists include James Baillieu, Adèle Charvet, Francesca Chiejina, Simon Lepper, Gary Matthewman, Ella O’Neill, Alex Otterburn and Roderick Williams, BBC New Generation Artists Ema Nikolovska and Kunal Lahiry, and Opera Holland Park Young Artists Lucy Anderson, Phillip Costovski and Rory Musgrave. Featured repertoire runs from French mélodies and American song to Schubert song cycles and the world premiere of a new work by Errollyn Wallen, The Lake.

Opera in Song takes place between 28 June and 3 July. Check out below for a full list of recitals and click here to book your tickets.


Opera in Song

Carmen in Song
Tuesday 28 June, 7.30pm

Rihab Chaieb will now be stepping in for Adèle Charvet at our Carmen in Song recital which kicks off our Opera in Song series on Tuesday 28 June alongside baritone Julien Van Mellaerts and pianist, Simon Lepper. They will retell the story of Carmen through the music of Bizet, Ravel, Poulenc, Granados, Ginastera, and traditional Arabic Song.

Fresh off the stages of The Metropolitan Opera, New York, Tunisian/Canadian mezzo-soprano, Rihab Chaieb was a a former Lindemann Programme Young Artist at the Met and a prize winner at some of the most prestigious competitions around the world, we are incredibly excited to have Rihab with us

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Unsung Heroines
Wednesday 29 June, 7.30pm

Soprano Lauren Fagan, the Opera Holland Park Young Artists and pianist Gary Matthewman celebrate the work of female composers including Clara Schumann, Fanny Hensel, Lili Boulanger and Libby Larsen. The recital will be held in support of Solace Women’s Aid.

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Winter Journey
1 July, 7.30pm

Baritone Roderick Williams and pianist Ella O’Neill perform Winterreise in Jeremy Sams’s English translation, Winter Journey.

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Die schöne Müllerin
2 July, 7.30pm

Julien Van Mellaerts and James Baillieu perform Die schöne Müllerin in the original language, framed by the poet Wilhelm Müller’s prologue and epilogue in English. 

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Schwanengesang and Errollyn Wallen
3 July, 3pm

BBC New Generation Artists Ema Nikolovska and Kunal Lahiry present Schwanengesang alongside the world premiere of The Lake, composed by Errollyn Wallen as a reflection and response to Schubert’s final collection of songs.

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America in Song
Sunday 3 July, 7.30pm

Soprano Francesca Chiejina, mezzo-soprano Kitty Whately, tenor Frederick Jones, baritone Alex Otterburn and pianist Dylan Perez explore American song from art song to Broadway.

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