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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.

 
2 July 2024 until 6 July 2024
 
8.00pm
Opera Holland Park Theatre
Ilchester Place
London
W8 6LU

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From £24
Edgar

Peter Auty, Edgar
Anne Sophie Duprels, Fidelia
Gweneth Ann Rand, Tigrana
Julien Van Mellaerts, Frank
James Cleverton, Gualtiero

Naomi Woo, Conductor
Ruth Knight, Director
Mark Jonathan, Lighting Designer
Haruka Kuroda, Fight Director
Dominic Ellis-Peckham, Chorus Master

Giacomo Puccini: Edgar


The successor to Le Villi, the hottest ticket of the 2022 Season, Puccini’s early romance tells the story of a knight who must choose between vice and virtue, personified by two women, the hedonistic Tigrana and the chaste Fidelia. Based on Alfred de Musset’s play, Le coupe et les lèvres, and set in mediaeval Flanders, Edgar underwent several revisions after its premiere in 1889. Three semi-staged performances offer a wonderful opportunity to experience Puccini’s 1905 edition of the opera, with its vivid characterisation of regret and redemption, and continue Opera Holland Park’s tradition of exploring operatic rarities.

Ruth Knight directs this semi-staging of Edgar, with Peter Auty in the title role, Anne Sophie Duprels as Fidelia, Gweneth Ann Rand as Tigrana, and Julien Van Mellaerts as Frank.

 
17 July 2024 until 3 August 2024
 
7.30pm
Opera Holland Park Theatre
Ilchester Place
London
W8 6LU

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

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From £24
Acis and Galatea

Michael Papadopoulos, Conductor
Louise Bakker, Director
Alyson Cummins, Designer
Johanne Jensen, Lighting Designer
Choreographer, Merry Holden

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.
 
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.
 
6 July 2024
 
7.30pm
St Peter's Eaton Square
London
SW1W 9AL

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07812 599340

£17, £15
Cappella Magna

Collegium Musicum of London Chamber Choir
Greg Morris, conductor

Palestrina: Missa Papae Marcelli
Perosi: Ave Maria
De Orto: Ave Maria
Anerio: Ave Regina caelorum
Simonelli: Victimae paschali laudes
Agostini: Peccavimus, impie gessimus
Agostini: O Iesu, cordis mei thesaurus
Allegri: Miserere mei, Deus
Bartolucci: O sacrum convivium
Josquin: Mille regretz
Morales: Sanctus from Missa Mille regretz

At the time of the Renaissance, the Sistine Choir – which performed at services when the pope officiated – drew musicians and singers from all over Italy and northern Europe. Among the most famous composers who became members were Josquin des Prez (c.1450-1521) and Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-94). Both composers feature in Collegium Musicum’s summer concert of a cappella masterpieces, inspired by Rome’s Sistine Chapel, or Cappella Magna.

Alongside Palestrina’s momentous Missa Papae Marcelli and works by Pelosi, de Orto, Simonelli, Anerio, Morales and Agostini, the choir performs the famous Miserere, the sublime nine-voice setting of Psalm 51, composed in 1638 by singer, Catholic priest and – as it turned out – one-hit wonder Gregorio Allegri.

Powerful voices in the Vatican took a special liking to the work soon after it was written and decreed that itwas not to be copied or removed from the Vatican on pain of excommunication. In effect, the Church banned its performance anywhere in the world except within the Sistine Chapel. That was until the apparent intervention of a young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who is reputed to have secretly transcribed the work after hearing a single performance during a trip to Rome with his father. His clandestine score eventually found its way into the public domain and the rest, of course, is history.

Join London’s liveliest chamber choir in the Palladian splendour of St Peter’s Church in Eaton Square, a new venue for the ensemble, as it performs these heavenly works under the superlative direction of its talented conductor Greg Morris.
 


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