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Looking ahead: Opera Holland Park's 2018 season

Johane Ansell as Floriana, Anne Sophie Duprels as Zazà, James Cleverton as Bussy and the Opera Holland Park Chorus in Opera Holland Park’s production of Leoncavallo's Zazà in 2017, directed by Marie Lambert © Robert Workman Opera Holland...Show More Summary

Opera staffer is identified among Grenfell victims

3 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Sky News reports today that Deborah Lamprell has been formally identified as a victim of the Grenfell Tower fire on 14 June. Debbie, 45, was an enthusiastic member of front-of-house staff at Opera Holland Park. Out thoughts are with her family, friends and colleagues.

Captivating: Leoncavallo's Zaza on stage at Opera Holland Park

4 months agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Johane Ansell as Floriana, Anne Sophie Duprels as Zazà, James Cleverton as Bussy and the Opera Holland Park Chorus in Opera Holland Park’s production of Zazà, directed by Marie Lambert © Robert Workman Leoncavallo Zaza; Anne Sophie Duprels,...Show More Summary

Strong ensemble & intense drama: Janacek's Kat'a Kabanova at oper

4 months agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Julia Sporsén as Ká?a and members of the OHP Chorus in Opera Holland Park’s production of Ká?a Kabanová, directed by Olivia Fuchs (Photo © Robert Workman ) Janacek Kat'a Kabanova; Julia Sporsen, Peter Hoare, Anne Mason, Nicky Spence,...Show More Summary

Opera Holland Park to perform Verdi's Requiem for Grenfell victims

4 months agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

On Tuesday 1 August 2017, a memorial performance of Verdi's Requiem will take place at Opera Holland Park (OHP) to support those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire. All proceeds will go to the Rugby Portobello Trust (RPT), which has been working closely with victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy and with which OHP has a long association. Show More Summary

Watch Holland Park’s tribute to Debbie Lamprell and other Grenfell Tower victims

5 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

On 23 June, the cast of Opera Holland Park’s production of La rondine as well as the players from the City of London Sinfonia performed an encore of ‘Bevo al tuo fresco sorriso’ in loving memory of our friend and colleague, Debbie Lamprell. Soloists: Elizabeth Llewellyn as Magda, Matteo Lippi as Ruggero, Tereza Gevorgyan as […]

Opera Holland Park pays tribute to Grenfell Tower victims

In case you haven't yet seen it, this is the beautiful tribute from Opera Holland Park in memory of the victims of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, in which one of their staff members, Debbie Lamprell, was among those who lost their lives. Show More Summary

Do Free And Discount Tickets Really Make Opera More Accessible?

5 months agoArts : Modern Art Notes

Some observers question whether free or low-cost opera tickets really are reaching new audiences, as opposed to being giveaways to fans who'd come anyway. Here, the general director of Opera Holland Park in London describes the several different programs of the sort his company offers, explains the philosophy behind the schemes, and describes the experience […]

A very complete Giovanni: Mozart's Don from Ashley Riches and Opera Holland Park Young Artists

5 months agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

OHP Young Artists with the Opera Holland Park Chorus in Opera Holland Park’s production of Don Giovanni (Young Artists Performance 2017) © Alex Brenner Mozart Don Giovanni (Young Artists performance); Ashley Riches, Darwin Leonard Prakash,...Show More Summary

Holland Park: ‘We are the most accessible summer opera

5 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Against the backdrop of contemptible articles in the Times and Metro newspapers, depicting operagoers as a champagne-swilling mob oblivious to the poor, general director Michael Volpe sets out the facts today about the company’s accessibility policy. Sample: Our first accessible ticket scheme at OHP, introduced over ten years ago, was free tickets for those aged […]

The Times admits big error in very small print

5 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

The Times,a  Murdoch newspaper, has published the following notice today among Corrections and Clarifications at the foot of its letters page: Opera Holland Park has asked us to clarify that, while it was previously part of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s cultural portfolio, it has been a fully independent charity since October 2015 […]

Opera Holland Park responds to Times defamation

5 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Blamed by a Times ‘investigation’ for taking council funds at the expense of the poorest in the borough, Opera Holland Park has responded with a sombre statement noting its engagement with the Grenfell Tower disaster. In summary: – Opera Holland Park receives no council funds, has not done so since 2015. – One of its […]

Puccini's little swallow makes a welcome return: La Rondine at Opera Holland Park

6 months agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Opera Holland Park - Puccini: La rondine - Stephen Aviss, Elizabeth Llewellyn, Tereza Gevorgyan, Henry Grant Kerswell, Sophie Dicks, Alistair Sutherland, Timothy Langston, David Stephenson (Photo © Robert Workman) Puccini La Rondine;...Show More Summary

Opera announces new season two summers in advance

6 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

We’re barely into Panama hats and Holland Park Opera is already pushing out 2019. Here’s the programme: Puccini’s Manon Lescaut Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera Cilea’s L’arlesiana  Double bill of Wolf-Ferrari’s Susanna’s Secret and Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta Manon Lescaut was last staged at OHP in 2006, Iolanta in 2008 and Un ballo in maschera in 2009. […]

Summer plans for Garsington and Glyndebourne in 2018

6 months agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Richard Strauss - Capriccio (c) Ken Howard for Santa Fe Opera, 2016 The Summer 2017 opera season is not yet quite upon us, yet opera companies are already announcing their plans for 2018. Opera Holland Park has already released its 2018...Show More Summary

Cops, docs and nurses can go to the opera half-price

7 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Opera Holland Park is showing its appreciation for essential services:     Half price tickets for frontline NHS and emergency service staff for 2017 Season Who qualifies? We are delighted to offer this scheme for staff of NHS, London Ambulance Service, London Fire Service and Metropolitan Police for our 2017 Season.   What are we […]

A first Strauss and a new Mascagni: Opera Holland Park in 2018

7 months agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Anne Sophie Duprels as Iris and Noah Stewart as Osaka in Mascagni's Iris at Opera Holland Park 2016 (Photo Robert Workman) Opera Holland Park, taking advantage of its new found independence, is able to reveal more of the company's advanced planning. Show More Summary

Stylish and intense: Anne Sophie Duprels in La voix humaine

8 months agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Anne Sophie Duprels in La voix humaine at the Buxton Festival in 2013 Francis Poulenc La voix humaine; Anne-Sophie Duprels, Pascal Rogé; Opera Holland Park at the Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Mar 22 2017...Show More Summary

The singer who had to give up: What Katie did next

8 months agoMusic / Classical : Slipped Disc

Two years ago, we reported the story of Katie McAdam who, preparing to sing Madam Butterfly at London’s Holland Park Opera, was forced to give up her career by vocal health issues. A year later Katie told us, ‘I miss it every day’. Another year on, she has found fulfilment in a new vocation – as […]

Summer of delights at Opera Holland Park

11 months agoMusic / Classical : Planet Hugill

Anne Sophie Duprels as Iris and Noah Stewart as Osaka in Iris at Opera Holland Park 2016. Photo Robert Workman The full casting for Opera Holland Park's 2017 has been announced and is full of delights, with a nice mix of established artists and young talent. Show More Summary

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