Read our answers to FAQs relating to Opera Holland Park Membership and the upcoming 2021 Season.
What are the plans for the 2021 Season?
In 2021 we will be bringing you three new productions of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen and Mascagni’s L’amico Fritz, alongside a revival of our celebrated 2018 production of Verdi’s La traviata. For more information about our 2021 Season, visit this page.
Our team is working hard to ensure the Season will be safe for all involved, onstage and off. Depending on the guidelines in effect next year, the theatre and your experience might be a bit different from normal. We may be performing to socially-distanced audiences and therefore have more performances than usual. Rest assured, whatever we do, we will keep you updated as our plans are finalised over the coming weeks and months.
When will we know the Season dates?
As soon as the dates for our 2021 Season are confirmed, you will be the first to know. We hope to have the majority of dates confirmed by the end of this year. Due to the likelihood of having a reduced audience capacity in the theatre, there may be additional matinees and a greater number of performances than usual.
Will there be social distancing?
We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation carefully and will take any measures necessary next summer to ensure the safety of audiences, performers and staff. Right now it is likely that these will include a socially-distanced version of our auditorium. We have asked the internationally renowned set designer, takis, to help us come up with some ideas for a design that offers both a safe environment and a more immediate theatrical experience. In order to ensure social distancing, seating capacity for each performance will likely be greatly reduced – we currently anticipate being able to seat fewer than 400 people, rather than our normal 1,001. The reduced seating capacity means that we will also schedule more performances than usual, to ensure that no one misses out on a ticket.
Other subjects under consideration include how we can open up the Ensemble, how we can create greater space in the toilets (and where the spaced queue will be), and the Box Office location. For the bar, tea and coffee stations and the programme desk, we are looking at a number of different options to prevent crowds, such as pre-ordering drinks, and offering service to your seat. Once these plans become more concrete, we will update this page with more detailed information.
Will we get wet if it rains, like we did in the summer?
No. Even though there will be fewer people to protect during our performances, we will still be erecting the canopy in 2021, so you won’t have to worry about inclement weather. The canopy stretches many metres above the seating, allowing for ample ventilation.
What about picnics?
Changes to the theatre site might be necessary to ensure social distancing. One of the key areas this might impact is our picnic spaces. We know how much the picnic experience adds to your visits and will be factoring this in to the process of deciding how to maximise safety on the site.
Will the benefits of my membership still apply?
We understand how important the benefits we offer as part of your membership are. Safety permitting, we will continue to offer as many of these as possible during the upcoming Season. Some benefits may need to be adapted. With others there might just be a change to how you claim them. We will keep this page updated with the details as we know them and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Priority booking will open later than usual next year but we will make sure you have plenty of notice so you can plan your summer with us well in advance. The priority booking dates will still be staggered across the Member & Supporter levels and we expect it to open in the early Spring.
Members & Supporters can expect Member Pricing on every opera ticket and pre-Season event we hold in 2021. Pricing will be announced as soon as we have confirmed the dates and seating plans.
Drinks at the theatre will still receive Member Pricing.
Whether or not we are able to offer Member Pricing on picnic tables depends on whether we can open the picnic spaces next Season. If we can, then Member Pricing will apply.
Following the success of our weekly Positive Distractions series during the first lockdown, we’ll be sending out a Member & Supporter newsletter every month between now and the Season. The emails will include updates as we firm up our plans for 2021 as well as something to listen to, something to watch and something to read. You will receive these emails as part of your membership, alongside reminders for priority booking dates and key events in the Opera Holland Park calendar. If you would prefer not to receive any emails from us, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit My Account to update your contact preferences.
For our Envoys and above, the Ensemble will be open next summer. It is likely to look a bit different to allow for greater ventilation and social distancing, and will be enlarged. The number of guests will still be limited and we may need you to let us know you are coming in advance so we can avoid any evening being too crowded. Depending on Government guidelines at the time, it is likely that table service will be introduced to ensure the safety of you and your guests.
Will we receive membership cards?
We are actively considering every way in which we can reduce the points of contact on site. This means it is unlikely that we will be issuing physical membership cards this year. When booking begins we will make sure you know how to claim your onsite benefits without a physical card.
If the Season doesn’t go ahead, can I get a refund of my membership?
No. As all memberships are treated as a charitable donation to Opera Holland Park, they are non-refundable. For full Terms and Conditions relating to Opera Holland Park Membership, visit this page.