Opera Holland Park / 2010 Season opens 1st June
Opera as its best in one of London’s most unique performance spaces.
The 2010 Opera Holland Park season opens on 1st June and runs until 14th August.
Another British summer brings with it an exciting season of al fresco opera from one of the UK’s foremost opera festivals, Opera Holland Park (OHP). The company, who are owned and managed by The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, bring together an eclectic mix of productions which will not fail in appealing to a wide range of audiences, both mature and young.
OHP prides itself on being genuinely accessible to all, by offering cheap seats accompanied with exceptional opera and this year continues in that vein. They are offering several thousands of tickets priced at just £10 on a first come first serve basis and the newly launched OHP ‘Inspire Project’ has ensured there are 1,200 free tickets for people aged between nine and 18, as well as nearly 500 free tickets available for people aged 60 years and above.
Two prominent operas of the OHP 2010 summer season are productions by the highly commended director Olivia Fuchs. These will take place in the main OHP theatre, a Grade I listed site, which houses 1,000 seats and is covered by a specially designed 1600 sq metre state of the art high tensile fabric roof. The first is a re-imagined production of Debussy’s heartbreaking love triangle Pelléas et Mélisande in June, which reunites Fuchs with French soprano Anne Sophie Duprels, who won praise for her performance in Fuch’s 2009 production of Kát’a Kabanová. The second opera is a revival of Olivia Fuchs’ critically acclaimed 2003 OHP production of Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio, taking place in July.
Stephen Barlow’s production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni brings him back together in late June/early July with Nicholas Garrett, who played Scarpia from Barlow’s triumphant Tosca, a hugely successful OHP 2008 production.
OHP has a reputation for late Italian repertoire, which is certainly catered for by the new production of Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini, taking place in the latter part of July and early August, reflecting the characteristic musical language and atmosphere found like that in Pelléas et Mélisande.
As part of the ‘Inspire Project’, OHP are staging a unique small scale production of Tobias Picker’s opera of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox. This will take place on the beautiful Yucca Lawn in Holland Park in August, where the natural environment will blur the boundaries on and off stage and transport the audience directly into the world of the performance. The tickets for these nine performances are extremely accessible for families, priced at £2.50 for children and £5 for adults.