Announcing the cast and creatives of the OHP 2019 Season

We are excited to announce new details of our 2019 Season, which will feature 35 performances of five new productions, a special performance of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas by Juilliard415 on 9 June, as part of their European tour. Tickets for the 2019 Season will go on general sale in early March 2019, with priority booking for Members and Supporters from January. Read on to find out more about the casting for our main stage operatic productions.


Manon Lescaut by Giacomo Puccini

New production by Opera Holland Park, with the City of London Sinfonia and the Opera Holland Park Chorus, sponsored by Viking Cruises

4, 7, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22 June


Our season opener, Manon Lescaut, sponsored by Viking Cruises, features British lyric soprano Elizabeth Llewellyn, last seen at OHP as Magda in our 2017 production of La rondine, in the title role. The role of Lescaut will be sung by Welsh bass-baritone Paul Carey Jones, making his OHP debut.

Peter Robinson returns to OHP to conduct the production, which will be directed by Karolina Sofulak and designed by George Leigh, the winners of the 10th European Opera Directing Prize.

Conductor Peter Robinson
Director Karolina Sofulak
Designer George Leigh
Lighting Designer Rory Beaton
Tim Claydon

Manon Lescaut Elizabeth Llewellyn 
Lescaut Paul Carey Jones  
Des Grieux Peter Auty 
Geronte de Ravoir Stephen Richardson 
Stephen Aviss/John Wood
Ellie Edmonds


Un ballo in maschera by Giuseppe Verdi
New production by Opera Holland Park, with the City of London Sinfonia and the Opera Holland Park Chorus

8, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 25, 27, 29 June


Another alumnus of the 2017 La rondine cast, Matteo Lippi, makes his return to OHP as Gustavo in Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera, following a number of star roles across Italy and internationally. He is joined by Anne Sophie Duprels, who will sing the role of Gustavo’s lover, Amelia, and doyenne of the opera world Rosalind Plowright OBE as Madame Arvidson.

Un ballo in maschera reunites the team behind OHP’s widely praised 2018 production of La traviata – director Rodula Gaitanou, conductor Matthew Kofi Waldren, and movement director Steve Elias. The Young Artists performance will be conducted by Sonia Ben-Santa and directed by Rachael Hewer, with casting to follow soon.

Conductor Matthew Kofi Waldren
Rodula Gaitanou
Designer takis
Movement Director 
Steve Elias

Gustavo Matteo Lippi
Anne Sophie Duprels
George von Bergen 
Alison Langer
Madame Arvidson 
Rosalind Plowright OBE
Eddie Wade 
John Savournin
Ross Ramgobin

Young Artists’ Performance on 28 June, conducted by Sonia Ben-Santamaria and directed by Rachael Hewer. Full cast to be announced soon.



L’arlesiana by Francesco Cilea
New production by Opera Holland Park, with the City of London Sinfonia

20, 25, 27, 31 July, 2 August 2019


The third production of Cilea’s L’arlesiana at OHP in 20 years reunites the team behind the 2018 production of Così fan tutte, with Dane Lam conducting, Oliver Platt directing, Alyson Cummins providing the designs and Rory Beaton (Knight of Illumination nominee for Così fan tutte) designing the lighting. Rory Beaton will also provide lighting designs for Manon Lescaut this year.

The cast for L’arlesiana includes recently elected Royal Academy of Music Associate Fflur Wyn as Vivetta and international favourite Yvonne Howard as Rosa Mamai.

Conductor Dane Lam
Director Oliver Platt
Designer Alyson Cummins
Lighting Designer Rory Beaton

Vivetta Fflur Wyn
Rosa Mamai Yvonne Howard
L’Innocente Samantha Price
Marco James Cleverton
Baldassare Keel Watson
Metifio Simon Wilding



Double Bill: Il segreto di Susanna by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari (New production by Opera Holland Park, with the City of London Sinfonia) with Iolanta by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (new production by Opera Holland Park, with the City of London Sinfonia and the Opera Holland Park Chorus)

22, 24, 26, 30 July, 1, 3 August 2019


To close the 2019 Season is our double bill of Wolf-Ferrari’s comedy Il segreto di Susanna and Tchaikovsky’s fairy-tale Iolanta. Clare Presland and Richard Burkhard appear as the lead couple in Il segreto di Susanna, with the brilliant John Savournin playing the silent role of Sante. John Andrews conducts and 2015 Young Artists alumnus John Wilkie directs.

Iolanta features an all-star cast, including acclaimed international soprano Natalya Romaniw in the title role and David Butt Philip as Vaudémont. Sian Edwards conducts and Olivia Fuchs directs. Internationally renowned designer takis will provide designs for both halves of the double bill.


Il segreto di Susanna

Conductor John Andrews
Director John Wilkie
Designer takis

Countess Susanna Clare Presland
Count Gil Richard Burkhard
Sante John Savournin


Conductor Sian Edwards
Director Olivia Fuchs
Designer takis

Iolanta Natalya Romaniw
Count Vaudemont David Butt Philip
René Mikhail Svetlov
Robert Grant Doyle
Ibn-Hakia Ashley Riches
Bertrand Barnaby Rea
Marta Laura Woods
Brigitta Julia Hamon
Laura Helen Brackenbury



Juilliard415: Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell

9 June 2019

In June 2019, singers from Juilliard’s Marcus Institute for Vocal Arts and Juilliard415 will tour together for the first time, taking a staged version of Dido and Aeneas to Europe with performances in Versailles, Athens and Opera Holland Park.


The Royal Ballet School: Summer Performances

4, 5, 6 July 2019 at 7pm, 6 July 2019 at 2pm


2019 Season booking dates 

23 January 2019, 10am – Founders and Benefactors Priority Booking

28 January 2019, 10am – Ambassadors Priority Booking

4 February 2019, 10am – Envoys Priority Booking

11 February 2019, 10am – Silver and Gold Members Priority Booking

25 February 2019, 10am – Friends Priority Booking

27 February 2019, 10am – General Booking

13 March 2019, 10am – INSPIRE £20 tickets (online only)

29 April 2019, 1pm – In person booking at the theatre




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