Double Bill

Iolanta by Tchaikovsky and Il segreto di Susanna by Wolf-Ferrari

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

New production by Opera Holland Park

With the City of London Sinfonia and the Opera Holland Park Chorus




How well do you know your husband? How well do you know your wife? Newly-weds Gil and Susanna learn a little more about each other in Wolf-Ferrari’s delicious 1909 farce of marital mistrust and modern manners. Mozartian orchestral writing, a Chopinesque piano solo and an aria perfumed with the exotic fragrance of Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune contrast with the turbulent Romanticism of Iolanta, Tchaikovsky’s final opera. A dark and beautiful fairytale of isolation and enchantment, its blind heroine is redeemed through the love of the only man to tell her the truth. A romance as profound as Wolf-Ferrari’s comedy is light, Iolanta forms the second half of a double-bill on the theme of secrets and lies.



Cast and Creatives

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 Vaudémont 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


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