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19 July 2024 until 2 August 2024
 
7.30pm
Opera Holland Park Theatre
Ilchester Place
London
W8 6LU

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+44 (0 )300 999 1000

From £24
Acis and Galatea

Michael Papadopoulos, conductor
Louise Bakker, cirector
Alyson Cummins, cesigner
Johanne Jensen, lighting designer
Merry Holden, choreographer
Anthony Gregory, Acis
Elizabeth Karani, Galatea
Chuma Sijeqa, Polyphemus
Ruairi Bowen, Damon

G F Handel: Acis and Galatea

Composed in 1718 for private performance in the gardens of the Duke of Chandos’s palace, and based on an episode in Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Handel’s tragicomic serenata is a miniature masterpiece of love, loss and transformation. Birdsong and murmuring waters weave through the music as the sea nymph Galatea and the shepherd Acis celebrate their mutual love, enraging the lustful cyclops, Polyphemus. When Polyphemus attacks Acis, the shepherd is transformed into a natural spring, forever at one with the idyllic landscape and the tears of his beloved nymph.

Louise Bakker directs Opera Holland Park’s first production of a Handel opera. Former Opera Holland Park Young Artist and alumnus of the Royal Opera’s Jette Parker scheme Michael Papadopoulos conducts, with Anthony Gregory and Elizabeth Karani as the lovers, Acis and Galatea. South African bass-baritone Chuma Sijeqa takes the role of Polyphemus, the cyclops driven mad by unrequited passion.
 
17 July 2024 until 3 August 2024
 
7.30pm
Opera Holland Park Theatre
Ilchester Place
London
W8 6LU

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+44 (0 )300 999 1000

From £24
Il segreto di Susanna / Pagliacci

Il segreto di Susanna:
John Andrews, conductor
John Wilkie, director
Takis, designer
Mark Jonathan, lighting designer
Clare Presland, Countess Susanna
Richard Burkhard, Count Gil
John Savournin, Sante

Pagliacci:
Francesco Cilluffo, conductor
Martin Lloyd-Evans, director
Bridget Kimak, designer
Mark Jonathan, lighting designer
Richard Harker, chorus master and assistant conductor
David Butt Philip, Canio
Alison Langer, Nedda
Robert Hayward, Tonio
Zwakele Tshabalala, Beppe
Harry Thatcher, Silvio

Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari: Il segreto di Susanna
Ruggero Leoncavallo: Pagliacci

A double bill fuelled by sexual jealousy contrasts Wolf-Ferrari’s elegant honeymoon comedy with Leoncavallo’s shocking story of a double murder. When Gil detects the scent of a cigarette in his apartment, he assumes that his wife, Susanna, has taken a lover, but Susanna’s secret is not what it seems. When Canio the clown is told that his wife, Nedda, is unfaithful, he determines to wreak revenge on her and her lover, bringing a bloody end to their Harlequinade. Sophisticated and deadly, Pagliacci was purported to be based on true crime, while Il segreto di Susanna anticipates the screwball comedies of 1930s Hollywood, with music of delicious wit and charm.

Clare Presland, Richard Burkhard and John Savournin reunite for this first revival of John Wilkie’s stylish 2019 production of Il segreto di Susanna. Now the leading tenor of his generation, David Butt Philip returns to Opera Holland Park to make his role debut as Canio in Martin Lloyd-Evans’s new production of Pagliacci, conducted by Francesco Cilluffo. Alison Langer sings the role of Nedda, Canio’s unhappy wife, with Harry Thatcher as her lover, Silvio.
 
7 August 2024 until 10 August 2024
 
7.30pm
Opera Holland Park Theatre
Ilchester Place
London
W8 6LU

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From £24
The Yeomen of the Guard

David Eaton, Conductor
John Savournin, Director
Alyson Cummins, Designer
Jake Wiltshire, Lighting Designer
Merry Holden, Choreographer
Richard Harker, Chorus Master

William Morgan, Colonel Fairfax
Matthew Kellett, Jack Point
Llio Evans, Elsie Maynard
Samantha Price, Phoebe Meryll
Stephen Gadd, Sir Richard Cholmondeley
Amy J Payne, Dame Carruthers
John Savournin, Wilfred Shadbolt
Jack Roberts, Leonard Meryll
Darren Jeffery, Sergeant Meryll
Natasha Agarwal, Kate
Christopher Killerby, First Yeoman
Alistair Sutherland, Second Yeoman
Ben Newhouse-Smith, First Citizen
Stuart McDermott, Second Citizen

W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan: The Yeomen of the Guard

In the gloomy bulk of the Tower of London, Colonel Fairfax awaits his execution for the trumped up crime of sorcery. Helplessly in love with Fairfax, Phoebe Meryll is but one of the characters whose heart is as vulnerable as the colonel’s head in Gilbert and Sullivan’s tongue-twisting Shakespearean comedy. With the arrival of two strolling players, Jack Point and Elsie Maynard, the scene is set for a daring escape, sparking a series of misunderstandings and reluctant marriage proposals.

Opera Holland Park and Charles Court Opera join forces for their fourth co-production. John Savournin directs and takes the role of Wilfred Shadbolt, Head Jailor and Assistant Tormentor, while David Eaton conducts the City of London Sinfonia in this new production of The Yeomen of the Guard. Full casting to follow.
 
19 September 2024
 
7.30pm
Victoria Area
London
SW1

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an evening of rare songs and arias

 
2 November 2024
 
1.00pm
Wigmore Hall
36 Wigmore Street
London
W1U 2BP

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the recital features lost and forgotten songs by Gaetano Donizetti

 
7 November 2024 until 8 November 2024
 
7.30pm
Cadogan Hall
5 Sloane Terrace
London
SW1X 9DQ

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Immerse yourself in the resplendent world of Baroque music in this choral concert.

 
23 January 2025
 
7.30pm
Lansdowne Club
9 Fitzmaurice Pl
London
W1J 5JD

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a performance of songs by Donizetti and his contemporaries.

 
10 March 2025
 
7.30pm
Cadogan Hall
5 Sloane Terrace
London
SW1X 9DQ

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lost and forgotten songs by Gaetano Donizetti – many of which have not been heard in 200 years

 
25 March 2025
 
7.30pm
World Heart Beat Embassy Gardens
3 Ponton Rd
London
SW11 7BD

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a concert of rare songs by Donizetti and his contemporaries

 
7.30pm
World Heart Beat Embassy Gardens
3 Ponton Rd
London
SW11 7BD

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a concert of rare songs by Donizetti and his contemporaries

 
8 May 2025
 
7.30pm
22 Mansfield Street
London
W1G 9NR

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a programme of newly discovered songs by Donizetti and his contemporaries

 


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