Political intrigue, illicit love and a baleful prophecy. Un ballo in maschera sets a tense love triangle against the background of an assassination plot. Reason and superstition vie for supremacy in the opera that was dubbed ‘Verdi’s Tristan’.
Premiered in 1893, Puccini’s Manon Lescaut turned a sentimental novel into an operatic sensation. In the opera that made Puccini’s name, a convent girl becomes a courtesan, then a convict, unable to choose between a life of luxury and a life of love.
Opera Holland Park’s acclaimed strand of operatic rarities continues with Francesco Cilea’s tragedy of desperate passion in the heat of rural Provence. First performed in 1897, L’arlesiana established the career of the great tenor, Enrico Caruso, and gave voice to a figure who would become central to Italian opera, the mother.
Ermanno Wolf-FerrariPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky22 July – 3 August
Wolf-Ferrari’s delicious 1909 farce of marital misunderstanding and modern manners is contrasted with the turbulent Romanticism of Iolanta. A dark fairytale, Tchaikovsky’s final opera forms the second half of a double bill on the theme of secrets and lies.
The Royal Ballet School returns to Opera Holland Park for four impressive shows featuring its talented young artists-in-training. These spectacular performances will feature a mix of classical ballet repertoire, contemporary and character pieces. Students will perform work by choreographers including Frederick Ashton, Marius Petipa and David Bintley. This is a very special opportunity to witness the achievements of gifted young dancers from one of the best ballet schools in the world.
OHP Young Artists alumnus Matthew Kofi Waldren, conductor of the main cast production of Un ballo in maschera and last year's production of La traviata, talks about Verdi's operas and his experience of working with the company from chorus member to principal conductor.
Benefactors and Founders are invited to join our Director of Opera, James Clutton and the food and drinks writer, Angela Clutton for an exclusive pre-show drinks reception, featuring hand-crafted cocktails inspired by our 2019 Season productions.
Bring your friends and family to our beautiful theatre in the heart of West London’s Holland Park to see the inner workings of an opera company. Take part in a creative workshop, talk to our artists and production team, get a closer look at our set designs, and try conducting the City of London Sinfonia!
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.