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Opera Holland Park

Opera Holland Park


The fever of first love and the thrill of dance run through Opera Holland Park’s 2021 season in five new productions of popular repertoire and rarely heard works. Set in the beautiful surroundings of Holland Park, the venue is the perfect place to spend a summer evening. This year’s festival is balanced to appeal to opera aficionados and to welcome new audiences to some of the finest music and drama of the season.

Eugene Onegin sees four lives changed forever in Tchaikovsky’s perfect tragedy of first love and second thoughts. Packed with exquisite melodies, sparkling dances and dramatic choruses, this cherished and popular opera is a powerful tale of youthful love and heartbreak.

Verdi’s scalding exposé of unchecked power, ruined innocence and revenge, Rigoletto, promises an evening of potent drama. Featuring some of opera’s greatest arias, including ‘La donna e mobile’ and ‘Caro nome’, Rigoletto is an intense psychological portrait of a man trapped by his obsessions, with a devastating climax.

Champagne, hard cash and sumptuous waltzes fuel Lehár’s delicious romantic comedy, The Merry Widow. Folk dances, a can-can and sublime serenades form the soundtrack to this will-they-won’t-they second-time-lucky romance. The Merry Widow is one of the most scintillating and seductive nights in the theatre.

And in a double bill combining two rarely heard works of passionate intensity, Delius’s only verismo opera, the intoxicating and gripping drama Margot la Rouge, is paired with Puccini’s beautiful tale of heartbreak and supernatural revenge, Le Villi. We are also pleased to collaborate with Charles Court Opera, critically acclaimed for their productions of comedies by Gilbert and Sullivan, in The Pirates of Penzance.

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