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 Approximate running time: 2 hours
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
Approximate running time: 2 hours
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
|Costume Designer||Camille Assaf|
|Lighting Director||Mark Jonathan|
|Zazà||Anne Sophie Duprels|
|La Signora Dufresne||Joanna Marie Skillett|
|Totò Dufresne||Aida Ippolito|
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.