We are pleased to announce the casts and creatives for our 2018 Season here at Investec Opera Holland Park, featuring an exciting mix of longstanding OHP performers, house debuts from established artists and rising stars across four brand new productions and 28 public performances.
Verdi’s La traviata opens our 2018 Season on 29 May, with a cast of familiar OHP faces. Lauren Fagan, who made her debut as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni in 2017, returns as Violetta and her lover Alfredo is played by Matteo Desole, making his OHP debut. Following La rondine last year, Matthew Kofi Waldren returns to conduct and Rodula Gaitanou, Cordelia Chisholm and Simon Corder, who last worked together at OHP on The Queen of Spades in 2016, take the roles of director, designer and lighting designer respectively. This production is supported by Viking Cruises.
In this new production, Eleanor Dennis makes her OHP debut as Fiordiligi and Peter Coleman-Wright as Don Alfonso. Four other principals return: Sarah Tynan as Despina, Kitty Whately as Dorabella, Nicholas Lester as Guglielmo, and Nick Pritchard (an OHP Young Artists Scheme alumnus) as Ferrando. The creative forces of conductor Dane Lam and director Oliver Platt reunite, having worked together most recently on the 2017 production of Don Giovanni. Alyson Cummins, who designed our 2017 production of Zazà, returns.
In 2018, OHP stages its first ever Richard Strauss opera, a co-production with Scottish Opera. Mardi Byers and Kor-Jan Dusseljee make OHP debuts as the Prima Donna/Ariadne and The Tenor/Bacchus respectively, while OHP favourite Jennifer France returns as Zerbinetta. There are further house debuts from Alex Otterburn, playing Arlecchino; Daniel Norman as Scaramuccio; Elgan Llyr Thomas as Brighella; and John Molloy as Truffaldino. Stephen Gadd takes the role of The Music Teacher, and the voice of classical music on BBC Radio Scotland, Jamie MacDougall, plays The Dancing Master. The actress and author Eleanor Bron makes her debut on the OHP stage as The Major Domo. The conductor will be Brad Cohen, who last appeared at OHP in 2015 for Flight. Antony McDonald makes his OHP debut as both director and designer.
Anne Sophie Duprels returns to OHP next year in the title role of Isabeau. David Butt Philip returns to OHP in the role of Folco, having sung in the chorus in 2009 and since becoming one of the UK’s leading tenors. King Raimondo will be sung by Mikhail Svetlov, who appeared in Kát’a Kabanová last summer; with George von Bergen returning to OHP as Cornelius, and Ermyntrude and Ermyngarde played by Nadine Benjamin and Joanna Marie Skillett respectively. Fiona Kimm is Giglietta, Oliver Brignall sings Il cavalier Faidit and Thomas Humphreys is L’araldo maggiore. The director Martin Lloyd-Evans and designer takis reunite, having collaborated on the 2017 production of La rondine and the 2016 production of Die Fledermaus. Francesco Cilluffo conducts, making his OHP debut.