For the second year running, Opera for Thought has brought to life an Opera Holland Park production for people living with dementia and their carers through six weekly workshops and a live performance at Opera Holland Park. In 2017, the group has developed an in-depth understanding of Don Giovanni, and has been joined by Opera Holland Park’s Young Artists to discuss themes of love and life, adultery and advice, and of course Don Giovanni and his many, many conquests. The group has joined together to sing, draw, perform, drink tea, eat biscuits, tell stories, and listen to and get to know the Young Artists, gaining a glimpse behind the scenes of Opera Holland Park and bringing a new voice to the Young Artist’s Don Giovanni production.
Opera for Thought is run by OHP’s Inspire and Westminster Arts’ Resonate programme, and is developed to support local people living with dementia to experience and participate in an Opera Holland Park production, and to increase their access to the theatre. The project works with the Young Artists programme to support early career musicians in developing their understanding and experience through hands-on opportunities and mentored work experience.
‘I’m so glad to be accepted by you all. There are so many orchestras and operas in London but you’ve made me understand that this one is for me and open to me learning.’ – Armajeet