We are delighted to be performing at the Royal Albert Hall in A Celebration of British Opera, a showcase of some of Britain’s finest opera numbers.
Tenor Ben Johnson, who starred in this season’s production of Die Fledermaus and baritone Mark Stone, will be performing much-loved works by Vaughan Williams, Delius and Dame Ethel Smyth. The evening will be presented by one of BBC Radio 3’s most well-known voices, Petroc Trelawny.
Sunday 9 October, 6.45pm
Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall, London
Tickets cost £19.50 (plus booking fee).
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About the evening
Opera Holland Park is famed for introducing rare Italian opera to the public, but as a company we have also been enormously adaptable over the years – indeed the variety of the 2016 season demonstrated this beautifully. One area of the repertoire that we have never explored fully on our main stage is romantic British opera, and in particular that from the early twentieth century. Some of the names from this canon are very familiar indeed; Vaughan Williams, Delius, Smyth etc. But others, like Joseph Holbrooke, are less well known and composed works that drew heavily on Richard Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak and others, but also put listeners in mind of Wagner. Holbrooke was once referred to humorously as “The Cockney Wagner” and even created a cycle of three operas on mythological themes called The Cauldron of Annwyn.
These brilliant, but often criminally neglected British composers developed beautiful soundscapes, tinged with English folk music and other pastoral styles, bringing masterly orchestral scoring and choral writing to some gorgeous operas, often using chromatic harmony to add shimmering beauty to the works.
Opera Holland Park is pleased to create a superlative evening of British operatic music, hosted by BBC Radio 3’s Petroc Trelawny, in one of the UK’s most iconic venues, the Royal Albert Hall (the Elgar Room). This is the first of an occasional series of events at RAH exploring different facets of opera through the centuries.
Extracts from operas by British Composers including;
Vaughan Williams (Hugh the Drover, Sir John in Love, Riders to the sea)
Ethel Smyth (The Wreckers)
Frederick Delius (Fenimore and Gerda, Koanga)
Rutland Boughton (The Immortal Hour)
Joseph Holbrooke (The cauldron of Annwyn)