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Holland Park Opera Season 2007

Jenufa, Holland Park

Compiled by Jack Foley

THE 2007 Opera Holland Park Season promises to offer another exciting open-air season in the Royal borough of Kensington’s largest park.

The season, which runs from June 5 until August 11, opens with Nabucco and runs as follows…

Nabucco

An opera set amidst the immense historical context of the conquests of Nabucco (Nebuchadnezzar) that’s given heart by the very human story of love and jealousy between his daughters Fenena and Abigaille (one of opera’s great schemers). The opera is famed for the chorus hymn “Va, pensiero” and makes for a gripping and spectacular evening of drama.
Performances: 5, 9, 12*, 14, 16, 19*, 21, 23 (all at 7.30pm, * denotes concessions)

Jenufa (pictured)

In recent years, Janáček’s extremely powerful masterpiece has become a staple of the repertoire, receiving several acclaimed productions in the UK and abroad. It’s the story of a family at war with itself, of a young woman suffering the vicissitudes and violence of a tough provincial life, of an illicit secret child, of jealousy and rage, of misplaced duty and ultimately the death of a baby. This heart-rending opera rarely fails to leave a deep impression on audiences. It also marks the first-ever appearance at Holland Park.
Performances: 6, 8*, 13, 15, 20, 22* (all at 7.30pm, * denotes concessions)

Il Barbiere di Siviglia

The quintessential comic opera, Il barbiere has it all – secret lovers, pretence and disguises – not to mention Figaro’s celebrated buffo aria “Largo al factotum”. Figaro, the barber and busybody about town plots to help Count Almaviva in his pursuit of the beautiful Rosina under the watchful eye of her guardian Doctor Bartolo, who has his own eyes set on Rosina. Rossini’s dazzling and vivacious masterpiece is an entertaining summer evening not to be missed!
Performances: June 30, July 2*, 4, 6, 8* (2pm), 12, 14 (*concessions available, 7.30pm start unless otherwise stated)

Lakmé

Lakmé is a gorgeously romantic opera suffused with an oriental flavour that was so common in grand opera of the time. Delibes creates a shimmering soundscape, filling the score with magnificent melodies including the Flower Duet and the bewilderingly charming coloratura tour de force known as the “Bell Song”. It has everything one needs for a memorable night at the opera and OHP is proud to be giving what is a very rare production.
Performances: 3, 5, 7, 9*, 11, 13, 15* (all at 7.30pm, * denotes concessions)

La Traviata

Opera Holland Park is pleased to present Verdi’s timeless masterpiece, La traviata, one of the great melodramas of the entire repertoire. Verdi’s intimate portrayal of the tragic heroine Violetta is mesmerising right from the beginning of the prelude to her last breath. With his dramatic strength he takes the audience through Violetta’s struggle with her own emotions and with the hypocritical society in which she lives. The heart-wrenching finale will not leave a dry eye in the theatre for sure.
Performances: July 24, 26, 28, 31*, August 2, 4, 7*, 9, 11 (*concessions available, all 7.30pm)

L’amore dei tre Re

After the success of Chénier and Fedora, L’amore dei tre Re continues the verismo tradition for which OHP is renowned. The story is a tragic one: forced into marrying the son of the blind Barbarian King Archibaldo, young Fiora continues an affair with her lover Avito right under the nose of her obsessive father in law, which leads to tragic consequences. Musically the opera draws us into a luscious soundscape of which Puccini would have been proud. It is a thrilling score – epic, sweeping, imaginative and rich. The most eagerly awaited production in OHP’s history, this opera is not to be missed.
Performances: July 27*, August 1*, 3*, 8*, 10* (*concessions available). Performances begin at 8pm with no interval

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