The combination of high musical standards, accessibility and a spectacular canopied theatre in an idyllic leafy West London setting continues to make Opera Holland Park one of the most popular and critically acclaimed events in the musical calendar. Thanks to an inspired artistic team who are experts at spotting rising stars and matching them with challenging roles in fresh new productions, the festival continues to attract newcomers and seasoned opera-goers alike.
The 17th season (4 June - 3 August 2013) includes six new productions in 37 main-stage performances. It builds on Opera Holland Park’s winning formula – established under the dedicated leadership of James Clutton (Producer) and Michael Volpe (General Manager) – of staging a mixture of much-loved verismo treasures alongside rarer repertoire. This year’s season includes Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana, Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles, and Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore. This year’s rarity is the most ambitious large-scale production in OHP’s history; a steamy melodrama by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari entitled I gioielli della Madonna (The Jewels of the Madonna).
New for 2013 is the eagerly anticipated world-premiere of a specially-commissioned new opera for family based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, with music by Will Todd.
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