Every year we build a temporary canopied auditorium against the backdrop of Holland House, in the centre of Holland Park, West London, where we hold all our main-stage opera performances.
What to expect
Surrounded by the beautiful formal gardens and wilded woodlands of Holland Park, our canopied open-air auditorium is the perfect place to enjoy critically acclaimed opera in the heart of London. Bringing together world-class singers and our resident orchestra City of London Sinfonia in the pit, our extraordinary summer festival is not to be missed. Find out more about what’s on offer in our 2022 Season here.
During the 2021 Season, we unveiled a reimagined auditorium and performance space to reflect the natural beauty of the theatre’s setting and to allow for social distancing. Constructed from reclaimed and sustainable materials and designed in collaboration with takis, it was described as ‘London’s greenest theatre’ by the Evening Standard.
In 2022 the total capacity will remain flexible at approximately 700 seats, using the same footprint and aesthetic but with improved sightlines, more comfortable seating and additional levels for your comfort.
This summer, all of the chairs in the auditorium at Opera Holland Park are repurposed, up-cycled and, most importantly, comfortable.
As well as being beautiful and eclectic, the chairs are sourced and donated from theatres, productions and auction houses from around London and the UK, and represent our core belief that art institutions should be leading conversations on environmental sustainability and social responsibility. Browse our gallery to see what is in store this season.
Food and drink
We have a variety of food and drink options available at the theatre and we are proud to work predominantly with independent companies within a 50 mile radius of Holland Park. Find out more about Food and Drink at OHP on this page.
If you are planning to celebrate a special occasion at the opera this summer, please note that along with improved sightlines on every level of the auditorium we are now offering balcony seats with the capacity to host your guests in optimal comfort, a panoramic view, and one of the best acoustic experiences in the theatre. These are Band A (blue) seats located towards the back of the seating plan. Please get in touch with our box office team if you would like further details on balcony seats.
Seating plan and prices
Main opera performances
Price Band A+ = £128 Non-Members/£120 Members
Price Band A = £96 Non-Members/£88 Members
Price Band B = £86 Non-Members/£78 Members
Price Band C = £74 Non-Members/£66 Members
Price Band D = £56 Non-Members/£48 Members
Inspire = £22
Young Artists Performance of Eugene Onegin
Price Band A+ = £65 Non-Members/£60 Members
Price Band A = £55 Non-Members/£50 Members
Price Band B = £45 Non-Members/£40 Members
Price Band C = £35 Non-Members/£30 Members
Price Band D = £30 Non-Members/£25 Members
Inspire = £22
Safety and COVID-19
The safety of our audience, artists and team remains paramount in the 2022 Season. While capacity is higher than in the 2021 Season at a total of 700 seats, audiences will still enjoy the fresh air provided by the new theatre design as well as enhanced personal space between rows and seats. We will keep everyone advised of guidelines – both the UK Government regulations and our own decisions to maintain the safety of everyone on site – in the months ahead.
All of our Front of House staff are ACT trained.
There is no dress code at Opera Holland Park and we pride ourselves on our informal and welcoming atmosphere. As it can become cooler towards the end of the evening, we recommend that you bring layers.
Site opening times
The site will open 2 hours before the performance begins, unless advised otherwise. This means 5.30pm for evening performances starting at 7.30pm, and 12pm for matinee performances starting at 2pm.
All opera performances at Opera Holland Park are surtitled in English.
Patrons arriving late will not be permitted to take their seats until a suitable break in the performance – this may not be possible until the interval.
After the performance
Please exit through the Ilchester Place gate, Abbotsbury Road car park gate or the Duchess of Bedford’s Gate leading to Holland Walk. All other gates will be closed after the performance.
We have lovely loos on site, with wheelchair access, but we do not offer a cloakroom facility. Any coats or small bags may be taken with you to your seat.
All tickets are non-refundable except under the circumstances outlined in our Terms and Conditions. However, we do offer a ticket exchange service via ticketswap.co.uk. Visit the link to find out more.