Opera Holland Park - London
21 July 2018

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Ariadne auf Naxos

Opera Holland Park


No. of reviews: 7

Jennifer France is a revelation as Zerbinetta
21 Jul 18 / Music OMH
A sparkling Ariadne auf Naxos at Opera Holland Park
20 Jul 18 / Seen and Heard
Opera Holland Park scores a triumph with its first-ever staging of a Richard Strauss opera
19 Jul 18 / What's on Stage
A stellar Ariadne auf Naxos at Investec Opera Holland Park
19 Jul 18 / Opera Today
Sparky and irreverent production sounds sumptuous
19 Jul 18 / The Guardian
Antony McDonald has plotted the high- and low-art dysfunctions of the Prologue so succinctly
19 Jul 18 / Classical Source
Ariadne aus Glasgow: Strauss’ opera gets a few twists at Opera Holland Park
19 Jul 18 / Bachtrack
Isabeau

Opera Holland Park


No. of reviews: 9

Anne Sophie Duprels gives an immensely spiritual performance as Isabeau
21 Jul 18 / Music OMH
An embarrassing and misshapen dud
19 Jul 18 / The Spectator
If Mascagni’s score were an inexplicably overlooked masterpiece, the clodhopping production wouldn’t matter
17 Jul 18 / The Times
Anne Sophie Duprels soars as Mascagni's neglected heroine
16 Jul 18 / The Guardian
Mascagni's Isabeau rides again at Investec Opera Holland Park
16 Jul 18 / Opera Today
Isabeau is a significant piece within the absorbing jigsaw which is early-twentieth-century Italian opera
16 Jul 18 / Classical Source
Opera Holland Park gives a fine UK premiere of Mascagni’s Isabeau
16 Jul 18 / Seen and Heard
There are some operas that languish unperformed for good reason, and this is one of them
16 Jul 18 / Bachtrack
A faultless production of a minor work
16 Jul 18 / Telegraph
Così fan tutte

Opera Holland Park


No. of reviews: 11

Second view: Cosi fan tutte at Opera Holland Park conducted by George Jackson
18 Jun 18 / Planet Hugill
You could almost smell the cobwebs clinging to the production team
11 Jun 18 / The Times
Australian singers abound, including a dastardly Peter Coleman-Wright as Don Alfonso
8 Jun 18 / Limelight
It’s easy on the eye and mercifully unpreachy
7 Jun 18 / Metro
A musical jewel box that conductor Dane Lam and the City of London Sinfonia unlock with exuberance and beauty
5 Jun 18 / What's on Stage
Absence makes the heart grow fonder; or does it?
4 Jun 18 / Opera Today
Opera Holland Park has another hit on its hands
4 Jun 18 / Music OMH
Comedy and pathos
4 Jun 18 / Planet Hugill
An affordable and entertaining crowd-pleaser
2 Jun 18 / Telegraph
Once again OHP presents an intelligent, thought-provoking Mozart staging
2 Jun 18 / Classical Source
A classically elegant Così fan tutte for a balmy summer evening at Holland Park
2 Jun 18 / Bachtrack
La Traviata

Opera Holland Park


No. of reviews: 11

Director Rodula Gaitanou sets La Traviata in a sumptuous world of Art Nouveau glamour
7 Jun 18 / Metro
Sparking opener
4 Jun 18 / Planet Hugill
Nothing could dampen a cloudless Traviata at Holland Park
3 Jun 18 / The Sunday Times
An exceptionally intelligent affair
1 Jun 18 / Music OMH
Peacocks in Paris: an engrossing La traviata at Opera Holland Park
1 Jun 18 / Bachtrack
This is Opera Holland Park at the top of its game
31 May 18 / Classical Source
An impeccably cast new production raises the bar
31 May 18 / Independent
The sad tale of Violetta makes a happy start to the new Opera Holland Park season
31 May 18 / What's on Stage
Lauren Fagan's Violetta dazzles in OHP's fine show
31 May 18 / The Guardian
A fine La traviata opens the 2018 season
31 May 18 / Opera Today
In Lauren Fagan this production has a Violetta of considerable force, plangent tones and solid dramatic instincts
31 May 18 / The Times
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
Leoncavallo's French music-hall drama receives a rare UK staging
24 Jul 17 / Planet Hugill
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
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
Director Marie Lambert has not done enough to flesh out the drama in Leoncavallo’s opera
20 Jul 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
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
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
Opera Holland Park captivate with Janáček’s Kát’a Kabanová
17 Jul 17 / Seen and Heard
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
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
Oliver Platt and designer Neil Irish set the entire drama on a cruise ship
6 Jun 17 / Music OMH
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
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
A swallow among the peacocks
5 Jun 17 / Bachtrack
This show offers sweet escapism and salty realism
5 Jun 17 / The Times
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
Magda is magnificently sung by Elizabeth Llewellyn
3 Jun 17 / Classical Source
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
The perils of gambling are amply illustrated in Tchaikovsky’s The Queen of Spades
7 Aug 16 / Express
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
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
There is enough in this production to make it a rewarding experience
5 Aug 16 / Opera Britannia
A highlight of recent seasons
4 Aug 16 / Classical Source
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 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
The evening is a delight
24 Jul 16 / Opera Britannia
A warm summer’s night and a full moon over Opera Holland Park made an ideal setting for Die Fledermaus
24 Jul 16 / Express
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
Gags, rhymes and melodies
21 Jul 16 / Bachtrack
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
La Cenerentola

Opera Holland Park


No. of reviews: 12

Seriously comic
25 Jul 16 / Planet Hugill
Victoria Simmonds as Angelina soars to the top of her register with equal assurance and beauty
25 Jul 16 / Music OMH
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
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Performance schedule
Mascagni
14 to 28 Jul 2018
Strauss, R
17 to 27 Jul 2018

News & Articles

Opera Holland Park announces Grenfell memorial gala
Investec Opera Holland Park (OHP) will mark one year since the fire at Grenfell Tower with a gala on 13 June.
20 Jan 2018 / Opera Now
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