14, 18, 20*, 26*, 28 July at 7.30pm
New production by Opera Holland Park
Italian libretto by Luigi Illica
With the City of London Sinfonia and the Opera Holland Park Chorus
*Concession prices are available on these selected dates (£3 off tickets in yellow price zone only)
Performance finishes at 10pm and includes a 30 minute interval
Determined to find a husband for his beautiful daughter, Isabeau, King Raimondo organises a ‘Tournament of Love’ in her honour. Knights from around the country assemble to demonstrate their affection for the young Princess. But, to the King’s dismay, Isabeau refuses to choose a suitor.
As punishment the King forces Isabeau to ride naked on horseback through the town. While the people refuse to look, Folco, the King’s falconer, accidentally glimpses her and is arrested. Visiting Folco in prison, Isabeau falls in love with him, a passion which is doomed.
Written to a libretto by Luigi Illica, Mascagni’s collaborator on Iris, this adaptation of the medieval legend of Lady Godiva fuses the suspense and violence of Cavalleria Rusticana with delirious Wagnerian harmonies and an Intermezzo rich with the sound of bells.
Isabeau is a co-production with New York City Opera
Photos by © Robert Workman and Ali Wright for Opera Holland Park.
Concessions are available on certain dates (£3 off yellow price zone only)
Cast and Creatives
|Lighting Designer||Robbie Butler|
|Isabeau||Anne Sophie Duprels|
|Folco||David Butt Philip|
|King Raimondo||Mikhail Svetlov|
|Cornelius||George von Bergen|
|Ermyngarde||Joanna Marie Skillett|
|Il cavalier Faidit||Oliver Brignall|
|L’araldo maggiore||Thomas Humphreys|