Ruggero Leoncavallo

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18, 20, 22*, 27*, 29 July at 7.30pm

*Concession dates (£3 off, yellow price zone only).





New production, opera in four acts

Sung in Italian with English surtitles

Libretto by the composer, Ruggero Leoncavallo

With City of London Sinfonia and the Opera Holland Park Chorus

Ticket Prices
Blue £70
Red £65
Green £59
Yellow £49

Approximate running time: 2 hours plus a 25 minute interval. Approximate finish: 10.15pm.

Leoncavallo’s deeply affecting Zazà is a long-awaited addition to Opera Holland Park, falling as it does into our tradition of late, romantic Italian opera from the ‘verismo’ repertoire. Leoncavallo is best known for I Pagliacci, and like Mascagni, was often condemned as a one-opera composer. As OHP audiences now know from our exploration of Mascagni’s repertoire, this was, and remains a grossly unfair judgement.

Lyrical, sumptuous and poignant, the opera follows the life of Parisian music hall singer, Zazà: her career, her eccentric friends and her passionate love affair with Milio Dufresne, an acquaintance to whom she grows hopelessly and devotedly attached. At least, until Zazà discovers that he is not only married with a child, but unwilling to give up his comfortable family life: the scene between Zazà and Milio’s child is extremely moving.

With its lush orchestration, evocative dance styles, infectious rhythms, Leoncavallo’s music bursts with colour. A rarity not to be missed.

“Opera Rara have utterly convinced me that Zazà is a work that I want to see again. Mission accomplished.” – Bachtrack on Opera Rara’s 2015 concert performance of Zazà

Cast and Creatives

Conductor Peter Robinson
Director Marie Lambert
Designer Alyson Cummins
Costume Designer Camille Assaf
Lighting Director Mark Jonathan
Choreographer Danilo Rubeca
Zazà Anne Sophie Duprels
Milio Joel Montero
Anaide Louise Winter
Cascart Richard Burkhard
Bussy James Cleverton
Floriana Johane Ansell
Natalia Ellie Edmonds
Courtois Charne Rochford
Duclou Eddie Wade
La Signora Dufresne Joanna Marie Skillett
Marco Oliver Brignall
Augusto Michael Bradley
Totò Dufresne Aida Ippolito
Claretta Alexandra Stenson
Simona Charlotte Hewett


Opera Rara CD


Get to know the opera better: 

Opera Holland Park is delighted to offer its audiences the opportunity to purchase Opera Rara’s recent recording of Zazà (2016) on CD for a special price of £19.99 (RRP £28.99).

CDs are available to purchase directly from Opera Rara’s website with the promo code: OHPOR55.


Excerpts and arias from Zazà…
Food and Drink
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