Opera Holland Park - London
2 June 2020

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Iolanta

Opera Holland Park


No. of reviews: 12

A magnificent, laugh-out-loud, first-class piece of entertainment
4 Aug 19 / Daily Mail
A sublime night
3 Aug 19 / New Statesman
I walked out feeling simultaneously harrowed and elated
1 Aug 19 / The Spectator
It is impossible to speak too highly of this double bill
30 Jul 19 / Music OMH
An evening of contrasts
29 Jul 19 / Planet Hugill
From the smell of cigarettes to the miracle of sight
25 Jul 19 / The Guardian
Olivia Fuchs provides a clear and straightforward production
24 Jul 19 / Metro
a blistering account of Tchaikovsky’s ultimate stage-work, Iolanta
24 Jul 19 / Classical Source
Pink-suited fun in a dreamy double bill
24 Jul 19 / Evening Standard
A double bill that is one of Opera Holland Park’s greatest successes
24 Jul 19 / Seen and Heard
'Secrets and Lies': a terrific double bill at Opera Holland Park
24 Jul 19 / Opera Today
Guilty secrets: Wolf-Ferrari entertains, Tchaikovsky bewitches at Opera Holland Park
24 Jul 19 / Bachtrack
Il segreto di Susanna

Opera Holland Park


No. of reviews: 12

A magnificent, laugh-out-loud, first-class piece of entertainment
4 Aug 19 / Daily Mail
A sublime night
3 Aug 19 / New Statesman
It's not fair – I liked Il segreto di Susanna before it was cool
1 Aug 19 / The Spectator
It is impossible to speak too highly of this double bill
30 Jul 19 / Music OMH
An evening of contrasts
29 Jul 19 / Planet Hugill
From the smell of cigarettes to the miracle of sight
25 Jul 19 / The Guardian
A case of smoke without fire
24 Jul 19 / Metro
A slick staging of Wolf-Ferrari’s pro-smoking Susanna’s Secret
24 Jul 19 / Classical Source
Pink-suited fun in a dreamy double bill
24 Jul 19 / Evening Standard
A double bill that is one of Opera Holland Park’s greatest successes
24 Jul 19 / Seen and Heard
'Secrets and Lies': a terrific double bill at Opera Holland Park
24 Jul 19 / Opera Today
Guilty secrets: Wolf-Ferrari entertains, Tchaikovsky bewitches at Opera Holland Park
24 Jul 19 / Bachtrack
L'arlesiana

Opera Holland Park


No. of reviews: 7

A welcome chance to hear Cilea's other opera: a warmly musical account of L'Arlesiana at Opera Holland Park
29 Jul 19 / Planet Hugill
Fiery Yvonne Howard sings up a storm as Federico’s tormented mother
27 Jul 19 / Metro
A sunny evening in Provence
27 Jul 19 / Bachtrack
This production hits the mark many more times than it misses it.
23 Jul 19 / Music OMH
Opera Holland Park continues to venture where most summer companies fear to tread
22 Jul 19 / Classical Source
Cilea’s radiant L’arlesiana ardently performed in the beautiful setting of Holland Park
22 Jul 19 / Seen and Heard
Yvonne Howard’s Rosa Mamai was suffocating and sympathetic by turns
22 Jul 19 / Opera Today
There are a lot of mums in opera...
And this is the mother of them all. Rosa Mamai in L’arlesiana is formidable, heartbreaking – and all too rare, says singer Yvonne Howard who is performing in Cilea’s rarely staged work.
Un Ballo in Maschera

Opera Holland Park


No. of reviews: 11

This production pushes the boundaries through having a female conductor and supporting young artists
3 Jul 19 / The Reviews Hub
The annual Young Artists Performance at Opera Holland Park
1 Jul 19 / Planet Hugill
Opera at a fraction of the price – but just as good
26 Jun 19 / London News Online
Matteo Lippi shines in this new Ballo
26 Jun 19 / The Opera Critic
Un ballo is another stimulating production from Opera Holland Park
17 Jun 19 / Seen and Heard
A compelling production of Un ballo in maschera
14 Jun 19 / Music OMH
One of Opera Holland Park’s successful Verdian ventures
14 Jun 19 / Classical Source
Ingenious Verdi update is beautifully sung
12 Jun 19 / The Guardian
A superb Un ballo in maschera at Investec Opera Holland Park
12 Jun 19 / Opera Today
Un ballo in maschera showcases Opera Holland Park at its best
11 Jun 19 / Bachtrack
Rodula Gaitanou’s production is a winner
10 Jun 19 / Independent
Manon Lescaut

Opera Holland Park


No. of reviews: 14

A lacklustre Manon Lescaut
26 Jun 19 / The Opera Critic
Every bit as desolate as Puccini wanted
12 Jun 19 / Evening Standard
English Summer Opera gets underway
12 Jun 19 / The Article
Puccini’s soaring lovers don’t quite get physical
10 Jun 19 / The Observer
Opera Holland Park opens its 2019 season with a striking new Manon Lescaut directed by award-winning Karolina Sofulak
10 Jun 19 / Planet Hugill
Elizabeth Llewellyn very much embraces the character of Manon
8 Jun 19 / Music OMH
Good performance of Manon Lescaut despite a less than engaging production
7 Jun 19 / Seen and Heard
Manon Lescaut opens Investec Opera Holland Park's 2019 season
7 Jun 19 / Opera Today
A mixed Manon Lescaut at Opera Holland Park
7 Jun 19 / Bachtrack
Only the staging was muted. So no tears
6 Jun 19 / Classical Source
Symbolism triumphs
6 Jun 19 / The Stage
In a production filled with contradiction and compromise there’s much to be desired
6 Jun 19 / The Reviews Hub
As love affairs go, it's all a little antiseptic
6 Jun 19 / Broadway World
Puccini updated to the swinging 60s
6 Jun 19 / The Guardian
Isabeau

Opera Holland Park


No. of reviews: 12

Richly Romantic: Mascagni rarity, Isabeau, brought to life at Opera Holland Park
30 Jul 18 / Planet Hugill
“Isabeau”, una auténtica rareza de Mascagni
24 Jul 18 / Beckmesser
Another rarity at Opera Holland Park
23 Jul 18 / The Opera Critic
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
There are some operas that languish unperformed for good reason, and this is one of them
16 Jul 18 / Bachtrack
Mascagni's Isabeau rides again at Investec Opera Holland Park
16 Jul 18 / Opera Today
Opera Holland Park gives a fine UK premiere of Mascagni’s Isabeau
16 Jul 18 / Seen and Heard
Anne Sophie Duprels soars as Mascagni's neglected heroine
16 Jul 18 / The Guardian
Isabeau is a significant piece within the absorbing jigsaw which is early-twentieth-century Italian opera
16 Jul 18 / Classical Source
A faultless production of a minor work
16 Jul 18 / Telegraph
Ariadne auf Naxos

Opera Holland Park


No. of reviews: 11

The central comic scene is so brilliant that it blows the drab tragedy surrounding it offstage
26 Jul 18 / The Spectator
A performance that came together well at the end after a musically weak Act I
25 Jul 18 / Mark Ronan's Theatre Reviews
Holland Park's first Richard Strauss opera provides glorious rewards for Strauss lovers
23 Jul 18 / Planet Hugill
A stylish and wickedly funny staging that ends fittingly in a fireworks display
23 Jul 18 / Express
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
Ariadne aus Glasgow: Strauss’ opera gets a few twists at Opera Holland Park
19 Jul 18 / Bachtrack
A stellar Ariadne auf Naxos at Investec Opera Holland Park
19 Jul 18 / Opera Today
Antony McDonald has plotted the high- and low-art dysfunctions of the Prologue so succinctly
19 Jul 18 / Classical Source
Opera Holland Park scores a triumph with its first-ever staging of a Richard Strauss opera
19 Jul 18 / What's on Stage
Sparky and irreverent production sounds sumptuous
19 Jul 18 / The Guardian
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
Comedy and pathos
4 Jun 18 / Planet Hugill
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
A classically elegant Così fan tutte for a balmy summer evening at Holland Park
2 Jun 18 / Bachtrack
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
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
In Lauren Fagan this production has a Violetta of considerable force, plangent tones and solid dramatic instincts
31 May 18 / The Times
The sad tale of Violetta makes a happy start to the new Opera Holland Park season
31 May 18 / What's on Stage
A fine La traviata opens the 2018 season
31 May 18 / Opera Today
An impeccably cast new production raises the bar
31 May 18 / Independent
Lauren Fagan's Violetta dazzles in OHP's fine show
31 May 18 / The Guardian
This is Opera Holland Park at the top of its game
31 May 18 / Classical Source
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
Comedic Leoncavallo: another success at Opera Holland Park
24 Jul 17 / Seen and Heard
Opera Holland Park has long been champion of the neglected operas from the 19th and early 20th century
24 Jul 17 / Express
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
Opera Holland Park has done a grand job!
20 Jul 17 / Classical Source
Director Marie Lambert has not done enough to flesh out the drama in Leoncavallo’s opera
20 Jul 17 / Financial Times (via Google)
This rare Leoncavallo work, about a Parisian showgirl’s love affair, leaves it too late to pluck the heartstrings
20 Jul 17 / The Times
Anne Sophie Dupreis excels in the title role
20 Jul 17 / Independent
A richly detailed production
20 Jul 17 / The Stage
Leoncavallo's lush, darkly romantic opera in a rare showing by London's Italian specialists
20 Jul 17 / What's on Stage
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
Leoncavallo's tale of deceit saddens, startles and stirs
19 Jul 17 / The Guardian
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
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Opera Holland Park to hold virtual open day workshop series
With its 2020 season currently postponed, Opera Holland Park is holding its annual Open Day online, bringing interactive classes and events to audiences joining from home.
20 May 2020 / OperaWire
End of an era: Opera Holland Park's Michael Volpe stepping down
After 31 years at the company, Michael Volpe will be stepping down as general director of Opera Holland Park at the end of September 2020.
14 Jan 2020 / Planet Hugill
Opera Holland Park 2020
Opera Holland Park reveals casts for 2020 season Of firsts.
17 Oct 2019 / Broadway World
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