There are few better pleasures in the UK opera scene than Opera Holland Park. This opera company works all year round but focuses on producing a two-month opera season in Kensington’s beautiful Holland Park during the months of June and July.
Opera Holland Park’s annual season of performances takes place underneath a temporary canopy in front of Holland House. Each year the company stages around half a dozen operas, ranging from well known classics to adventurous verismo-style pieces. Drawing from its relaxed surroundings in the centre of Holland Park, Opera Holland Park is renowned for its warm, informal and welcoming way of enjoying opera compared to the usual stuffy opera house experience.
Opera Holland Park is now acclaimed as one of the most accomplished non-state operas in the UK. What’s more, it boasts its own resident orchestra in the City of London Sinfonia. Recent performances the company has staged include the Juillard School’s adaptation of Dido and Aeneas, Giacomo Puccini’s Manon Lescaut and Giuseppe Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera.
The company’s auditorium can seat up to 1,000 people, making any of their performances one of the most highly attended opera shows of the year in London. The current canopy has been in place since 2007, although prior to this there had been one there since 1988. All shows are in their original language but are surtitled so you'll have no problem following the action on stage.
Seeing as you're in the park, why not enjoy a picnic beforehand? Opera Holland Park has four wonderful picnic spaces to sit and chat with friends and family before the entertainment begins. You can also enjoy a drink and a bite to eat at the venue's onsite bar.
Whatever your preconceptions are about opera, Opera Holland Park will blow them away. Book your tickets for shows at Opera Holland Park now.