Opera Holland Park’s association with Mascagni’s oriental fantasy stretches back to 1997, when it produced the first London staging of Iris in over 90 years. Designed by Soutra Gilmour, Olivia Fuchs’s unflinching 2016 production opened the season and ignited debate in the press and online over the grotesque exploitation of the title character, played by Anne Sophie Duprels with “almost terrifying intensity” (Tim Ashley, The Guardian).
Stuart Stratford conducted with “exemplary firmness, never forcing the temperature above boiling point and drawing idiomatic playing from the City of London Sinfonia” (Rupert Christiansen, The Daily Telegraph). In The Times, Neil Fisher wrote that Mascagni’s ‘Hymn to the Sun’ was “a stunning moment and captures the OHP chorus in the best form I’ve heard”.
Tue 7 – Sat 18 June 2016
New production by Opera Holland Park
Italian libretto by Luigi Illica
Surtitles in English
With the City of London Sinfonia and the Opera Holland Park Chorus
Founded in 1996, Opera Holland Park is an opera company with a unique voice. Based in Kensington, we present a summer opera festival of fully staged productions in one of the most beautiful parks in the Capital.