Opera Holland Park - London
18 August 2017

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Zazà

Opera Holland Park


No. of reviews: 19

Another feather in the cap of Opera Holland Park
2 Aug 17 / The Opera Critic
A fascinating rediscovery
27 Jul 17 / The Spectator
Bouncing back
25 Jul 17 / The Critics' Circle
Opera Holland Park has long been champion of the neglected operas from the 19th and early 20th century
24 Jul 17 / Express
Comedic Leoncavallo: another success at Opera Holland Park
24 Jul 17 / Seen and Heard
Leoncavallo's French music-hall drama receives a rare UK staging
24 Jul 17 / Planet Hugill
This Zazà is another feather in Opera Holland Park’s cap
23 Jul 17 / Daily Mail
Anne Sophie Duprels provides a deeply involving portrayal of Zazà
22 Jul 17 / Music OMH
The make-up is slapped on thickly in this new production of Leoncavallo’s Zazà
21 Jul 17 / Opera Today
Verismo with a capital V
20 Jul 17 / Bachtrack
A richly detailed production
20 Jul 17 / The Stage
This rare Leoncavallo work, about a Parisian showgirl’s love affair, leaves it too late to pluck the heartstrings
20 Jul 17 / The Times
Opera Holland Park has done a grand job!
20 Jul 17 / Classical Source
Leoncavallo's lush, darkly romantic opera in a rare showing by London's Italian specialists
20 Jul 17 / What's on Stage
Anne Sophie Dupreis excels in the title role
20 Jul 17 / Independent
Director Marie Lambert has not done enough to flesh out the drama in Leoncavallo’s opera
20 Jul 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
Leoncavallo's tale of deceit saddens, startles and stirs
19 Jul 17 / The Guardian
Skilfully evoked tragedy can go a shenanigan too far
19 Jul 17 / Evening Standard
A moving star turn in an exemplary revival
19 Jul 17 / Telegraph
Kat'a Kabanova

Opera Holland Park


No. of reviews: 13

Julia Sporsén’s Kát’a is heart-wrenching
2 Aug 17 / The Opera Critic
Sporsén gives the audience a thrilling performance
31 Jul 17 / culturevulture.net
OHP’s revival of Katya Kabanova is still unbearably moving
27 Jul 17 / The Spectator
Julia Sporsén is searing in the title role
24 Jul 17 / Express
Fuchs controls the ending’s rapid denouement skilfully
19 Jul 17 / Opera Today
An extremely effective revival
18 Jul 17 / Music OMH
Moody, magnificent and terrible, OHP's 2009 production of Janáček's opera returns
18 Jul 17 / What's on Stage
Incisive eloquence
18 Jul 17 / The Stage
Strong ensemble & intense drama
17 Jul 17 / Planet Hugill
Janáček and his Katya have rarely been so incisively served
17 Jul 17 / Classical Source
Kát’a Kabanová compellingly staged at Opera Holland Park
17 Jul 17 / Bachtrack
Clarity and pace in Janáček's Volga tragedy
17 Jul 17 / The Arts Desk
Opera Holland Park captivate with Janáček’s Kát’a Kabanová
17 Jul 17 / Seen and Heard
Don Giovanni

Opera Holland Park


No. of reviews: 9

Opera Holland Park springs a delightful surprise with a production set on the high seas
16 Jun 17 / Limelight
Opera Holland Park’s highly imaginative production of Don Giovanni
8 Jun 17 / Seen and Heard
A very credible Don Giovanni at Opera Holland Park
7 Jun 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
Mozart's dark comedy is well served by OHP's strongly cast new production
7 Jun 17 / What's on Stage
Don Giovanni takes to the waves at Investec Opera Holland Park
6 Jun 17 / Opera Today
This show flows in a torrent of hot-headed emotions, mostly from the women
6 Jun 17 / The Times
Oliver Platt and designer Neil Irish set the entire drama on a cruise ship
6 Jun 17 / Music OMH
All in all a rewarding and sometimes challenging evening of theatre and music
5 Jun 17 / Classical Source
Don Giovanni all at sea at Opera Holland Park
5 Jun 17 / Bachtrack
La rondine

Opera Holland Park


No. of reviews: 15

London's own 'country house' company presents its third staging of Puccini's light-ish opera
14 Jun 17 / What's on Stage
Opera Holland Park continues to fly the flag in leafy Kensington
14 Jun 17 / Independent
Holland Park offered a fine central cast
13 Jun 17 / Opera News
Lewellyn’s voice is rich and refulgent, while Lippi has a warm Italianate tenor
11 Jun 17 / Express
The staging looks good and its blend of ebullience and sentimentality is nicely balanced
10 Jun 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
Perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth and a soft heart
10 Jun 17 / Telegraph
The production by Martin Lloyd-Evans is a delight, with wonderful stage interactions among the cast
7 Jun 17 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
It is Elizabeth Llewellyn as Magda and Matteo Lippi as Ruggero who make the evening special
6 Jun 17 / Music OMH
Puccini’s La Rondine opens the 2017 Opera Holland Park season
6 Jun 17 / Seen and Heard
This show offers sweet escapism and salty realism
5 Jun 17 / The Times
A swallow among the peacocks
5 Jun 17 / Bachtrack
Magda is magnificently sung by Elizabeth Llewellyn
3 Jun 17 / Classical Source
Visually arresting
3 Jun 17 / The Stage
It is in the superb partnership of Elizabeth Llewellyn and Matteo Lippi that the strength of this production lies
3 Jun 17 / Opera Today
Elizabeth Llewellyn soars in Puccini's tuneful waltz-dream
2 Jun 17 / The Arts Desk
The Queen of Spades

Opera Holland Park


No. of reviews: 14

A thrilling production
18 Aug 16 / The Spectator
How Opera Holland Park manages to produce such magic on a low budget is something of a mystery
10 Aug 16 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Dorset Opera and Opera Holland Park both work wonders on a shoestring with top-notch Tchaikovsky
7 Aug 16 / The Observer
This production reveals how much a good staging can contribute to generating atmosphere
7 Aug 16 / Music OMH
The perils of gambling are amply illustrated in Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades
7 Aug 16 / Express
There is enough in this production to make it a rewarding experience
5 Aug 16 / Opera Britannia
An evening that is considerably more than the sum of its parts
5 Aug 16 / Opera Today
Remarkable production of Tchaikovsky’s Queen of Spades
5 Aug 16 / Seen and Heard
All the gutsiness and grace one could wish for
4 Aug 16 / Independent
Gambling and Gothic
4 Aug 16 / Bachtrack
Steadily rising tension
4 Aug 16 / The Stage
Decrepit Countess rules over vampiric high society
4 Aug 16 / The Guardian
A highlight of recent seasons
4 Aug 16 / Classical Source
A work of hallucinatory intensity that chills the soul
3 Aug 16 / Evening Standard
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Opera Holland Park


No. of reviews: 1

A vigorous patchwork of styles in this musical stroll through the park
2 Aug 16 / Evening Standard
Die Fledermaus

Opera Holland Park


No. of reviews: 10

Sparkle and discipline
25 Jul 16 / Planet Hugill
A warm summer’s night and a full moon over Opera Holland Park made an ideal setting for Die Fledermaus
24 Jul 16 / Express
The evening is a delight
24 Jul 16 / Opera Britannia
OHP serves up an irresistible, fabulously cast production of the operetta by Johann Strauss II
23 Jul 16 / What's on Stage
This Die Fledermaus makes us think as much as it causes us to laugh
22 Jul 16 / Music OMH
Acerbically funny and rather sexy
21 Jul 16 / The Guardian
The plot’s silly, but this Fledermaus flies
21 Jul 16 / Telegraph
Martin Lloyd-Evans, in this new Opera Holland Park staging, has pulled off quite a balancing act
21 Jul 16 / Classical Source
Handsome staging of Johann Strauss’s popular but tricky operetta in need of more precision and style
21 Jul 16 / The Stage
Gags, rhymes and melodies
21 Jul 16 / Bachtrack
La Cenerentola

Opera Holland Park


No. of reviews: 12

Victoria Simmonds as Angelina soars to the top of her register with equal assurance and beauty
25 Jul 16 / Music OMH
Seriously comic
25 Jul 16 / Planet Hugill
Australian Dane Lam conducts a fine performance with a firm grasp of Rossini's style
22 Jul 16 / Limelight
A refined production that plays up the high jinks
19 Jul 16 / Evening Standard
Rossini's most charming opera is perfect fare on a warm summer's night
19 Jul 16 / What's on Stage
Vocal pyrotechnics and Rossinian laughs
18 Jul 16 / Bachtrack
From the start Oliver Platt’s staging hits the right note
17 Jul 16 / Express
If your heart and hopes need a bit of a boost, this show will wave a magic wand
16 Jul 16 / Opera Today
Glamorous and spirited
16 Jul 16 / The Stage
High camp, modern irony and huge fun
16 Jul 16 / The Guardian
This is a Cinderella well worth catching
15 Jul 16 / Classical Source
Rossini’s delightful Cenerentola is just the thing for Opera Holland Park
15 Jul 16 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
La bohème

Opera Holland Park


No. of reviews: 12

La Bohème with OHP Young Artists
29 Jun 16 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Youthful La Boheme - Christine Collins Young Artists at Opera Holland Park
27 Jun 16 / Planet Hugill
The summer opera season defies the downpours with terrific Tchaikovsky, morally improving Mascagni, Shakespearean Puccini and zesty Janáček
20 Jun 16 / The Observer
The unashamedly theatrical setting is a nod to the original Globe Theatre
19 Jun 16 / Express
Opera Holland Park transports imaginative La bohème to Tudor England
17 Jun 16 / Seen and Heard
Puccini's opera, backdated to Tudor times and splendidly staged at London's summer festival
15 Jun 16 / What's on Stage
OHP’s Puccini Midas touch works its magic once again
14 Jun 16 / Boulezian
Puccini's bohemians relocate to Elizabethan London for a terrific evening
14 Jun 16 / The Guardian
This is a festival Bohème with pathos, charm and bonhomie in abundance
14 Jun 16 / Classical Source
La bohème at the Globe Theatre
14 Jun 16 / Music OMH
Brush up your Puccini: a 16th-century Bohème at Holland Park
13 Jun 16 / Bachtrack
Startlingly original staging takes Puccini back in time
13 Jun 16 / Evening Standard
Iris

Opera Holland Park


No. of reviews: 14

To the cathouse
21 Jun 16 / The Critics' Circle
The summer opera season defies the downpours with terrific Tchaikovsky, morally improving Mascagni, Shakespearean Puccini and zesty Janáček
20 Jun 16 / The Observer
Olivia Fuchs’s staging well suits this rather shocking story
15 Jun 16 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
It seems that opera composers like their sopranos to suffer
12 Jun 16 / Express
Holland Park Opera presents Iris, a little known verismo gem by Mascagni
10 Jun 16 / Seen and Heard
An excellent opener to the 2016 season
10 Jun 16 / Music OMH
A new production of Mascagni's Verismo shocker of 1898
9 Jun 16 / What's on Stage
A potentially repellent tale made touching, in Opera Holland Park's Iris
9 Jun 16 / Telegraph
A grim fate for sopranos
9 Jun 16 / Bachtrack
This production, despite the grim, uncomfortable subject matter, is an absolute winner
9 Jun 16 / Opera Britannia
Queasy, mucky and uncomfortable but essential viewing
9 Jun 16 / The Guardian
A courageous staging
9 Jun 16 / The Stage
There can’t be that many operas that start with an extended solo for double bass
9 Jun 16 / Opera Today
Overall Iris the opera is well-worth catching, and it’s rare
9 Jun 16 / Classical Source
L'amore dei tre re

Opera Holland Park


No. of reviews: 10

The whole evening showed Opera Holland Park at its very best
8 Aug 15 / British Theatre
Italo Montemezzi’s opera is performed with irresistible intensity
29 Jul 15 / Financial Times (via Google)
High octane verismo
27 Jul 15 / Bachtrack
Martin Lloyd-Evans’s production returns in compelling form to complete this year’s successful season
26 Jul 15 / Express
Natalya Romaniw is thoroughly commanding as Fiora
25 Jul 15 / Music OMH
A powerfully sung production that highlights the score’s considerable merits
24 Jul 15 / The Stage
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Opera raises £40,000 for those affected by Grenfell tragedy
A performance of Verdi’s Requiem at Opera Holland Park has raised about £40,000 for survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire and victims’ families after hundreds of tickets sold out in 24 hours.
2 Aug 2017 / The Guardian
Opera Holland Park staff member missing in Grenfell Tower fire
The Kensington-based opera company today issued a statement saying one of its staff members was among those missing following the disaster.
20 Jun 2017 / Classic FM
Opera Holland Park announces 2019 season
We’re barely into Panama hats and Opera Holland Park is already pushing out 2019.
27 May 2017 / Slipped Disc
Opera Holland Park to become an entirely independent company
Opera Holland Park’s 2017 summer season, from June 1 to July 29, is the first to be entirely planned and programmed as an independent company.
23 Apr 2017 / Express
How Opera Holland Park is becoming home for Aussie singers
James Clutton's minor revolution is offering a refreshing model for staging full-scale opera.
26 Aug 2016 / Limelight