Premiered in 1893, Puccini’s Manon Lescaut turned a sentimental novel into an operatic sensation. In the opera that made Puccini’s name, a convent girl becomes a courtesan, then a convict, unable to choose between a life of luxury and a life of love.
Political intrigue, illicit love and a baleful prophecy. Un ballo in maschera sets a tense love triangle against the background of an assassination plot. Reason and superstition vie for supremacy in the opera that was dubbed ‘Verdi’s Tristan’.
Opera Holland Park’s acclaimed strand of operatic rarities continues with Francesco Cilea’s tragedy of desperate passion in the heat of rural Provence. First performed in 1897, L’arlesiana established the career of the great tenor, Enrico Caruso, and gave voice to a figure who would become central to Italian opera, the mother.
Ermanno Wolf-FerrariPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky22 July – 3 August
Wolf-Ferrari’s delicious 1909 farce of marital misunderstanding and modern manners is contrasted with the turbulent Romanticism of Iolanta. A dark fairytale, Tchaikovsky’s final opera forms the second half of a double bill on the theme of secrets and lies.
The Royal Ballet School returns to Opera Holland Park for four impressive shows featuring its talented young artists-in-training. These spectacular performances will feature a mix of classical ballet repertoire, contemporary and character pieces. Students will perform work by choreographers including Frederick Ashton, Marius Petipa and David Bintley. This is a very special opportunity to witness the achievements of gifted young dancers from one of the best ballet schools in the world.
Founded in 1996, Opera Holland Park is an opera company with a unique voice. Based in Kensington, we present a summer opera festival of fully staged productions in one of the most beautiful parks in the Capital.