In 2021 Opera Holland Park unveiled a reimagined auditorium and performance space to reflect the natural beauty of the theatre’s setting and to allow for social distancing. Constructed from reclaimed and sustainable materials and designed in collaboration with takis, it was described in The Guardian as ‘a well-nigh ideal solution’ to the challenges imposed by the pandemic.

In 2022 the total capacity will remain flexible at approximately 700 seats with improved sightlines and additional levels, using the same footprint and aesthetic. Sustainability informs every aspect of the theatre, with food and drink predominantly sourced from independent companies within a 50 mile radius of Holland Park for purchase by patrons.

Five new productions to celebrate the return of summer

New productions of the classic nineteenth-century tragedies Eugene Onegin and Carmen take us from the palaces of St Petersburg to the streets of Seville. The UK premiere of Mark Adamo’s 1998 opera Little Women leads to progressive New England, where Jo March recalls her first love in the shadow of the American Civil War. A double bill of Delius’s Parisian melodrama Margot la Rouge and Puccini’s Gothic fantasy Le Villi contrasts a crime of passion with supernatural punishment, while a co-production of HMS Pinafore with Charles Court Opera proves that no one can mock English mores more successfully than the English themselves. The City of London Sinfonia returns as resident orchestra for all five productions.

Director Julia Burbach, conductor Lada Valešová and designer takis head the creative team for Eugene Onegin, with a cast including Anush Hovhannisyan (Tatyana), Samuel Dale Johnson (Onegin) and Thomas Atkins (Lensky). An internationally acclaimed Tatyana, the great lyric soprano Amanda Roocroft makes her role debut as Larina, Tatyana’s mother, in this exquisite new production of a classic story of innocence and experience.

Former Opera Holland Park Young Artist Cecilia Stinton directs Carmen, with Kezia Bienek in the title role and Oliver Johnston as Don José. Alison Langer plays Micaëla, with Thomas Mole as Escamillo. Conductor Lee Reynolds makes his company debut alongside the Spanish choreographer Isabel Baquero in a vibrant, clear-sighted and provocative reading of the opera.

Acclaimed as a modern masterpiece in America, Mark Adamo’s tender 1998 adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s coming-of-age novel Little Women receives its UK premiere, focusing on the love between the four March sisters. Sian Edwards conducts, with Ella Marchment making her company debut as director. The March sisters are played by Charlotte Badham (Jo), Kitty Whately (Meg), Harriet Eyley (Beth) and Elizabeth Karani (Amy).

Delius’s only verismo opera, a scalding reunion between two former lovers in a Parisian dive, and Puccini’s Gothic fantasy of supernatural revenge in a German forest are contrasted in a double bill of Margot la Rouge and Le Villi. Directed by Martin Lloyd-Evans and conducted by Francesco Cilluffo, French soprano Anne Sophie Duprels plays Delius’s Margot and Puccini’s Anna. Tenors Samuel Sakker and Peter Auty, and baritones Paul Carey Jones and Stephen Gadd, play opposite Duprels in the two operas, while Laura Woods, George von Bergen and Laura Lolita Perešivana lead the supporting ensemble of soldiers, drinkers, thieves and prostitutes in the Delius.

A new co-production between Opera Holland Park and Charles Court Opera of Gilbert and Sullivan’s tart and toe-tapping naval satire, HMS Pinafore, brings the 2022 Season to an uproarious close. Director John Savournin takes the role of Captain Corcoran opposite Richard Burkhard’s Sir Joseph Porter and Peter Kirk’s Ralph Rackstraw, with design by Madeleine Boyd and lighting design by Jake Wiltshire.

Nurturing new talent

Thirteen alumni of the acclaimed Opera Holland Park Young Artists scheme return as principal artists in the 2022 Season, including the conductor Lada Valešová (Eugene Onegin), the director Cecilia Stinton (Carmen), and singers Charlotte Badham, Jack Holton, Alison Langer, Thomas Mole and Emma Stannard.

There will be three performances of Eugene Onegin in the 2022 Season from this year’s cohort of Young Artists: conductor Hannah von Wiehler, director Emma Black, répétiteur Alina Sorokina, and singers Lucy Anderson, Rory Musgrave and Jack Roberts.

First seen at Holland Park in 2021, British Youth Opera returns, taking participants through the process of putting on a full-scale opera production, kick-starting careers for young singers as well as creative, technical, and other behind-the-scenes roles. In a season full of dance, from the seguidilla to the polonaise, The Royal Ballet School also returns for its first summer residency since 2019.

Opera in Song

Curated by Julien van Mellaerts and Dylan Perez, the Opera in Song series returns with an expanded programme of six recitals to include a portrait of Carmen in song, a celebration of female composers and librettists, a survey of classic and classical American songs, and three programmes of Schubert song cycles given fresh contexts in poetry and music. Artists include Louise Alder, James Baillieu, Adèle Charvet, Francesca Chiejina, Kunal Lahiry, Simon Lepper, Gary Matthewman, Ema Nikolovska, Ella O’Neill, Alex Otterburn and Roderick Williams.

Additional performances in the calendar include a series of spoken word events, the return of Notting Hill Carnival, Waterperry Opera’s family-friendly reduction of Peter and the Wolf, Fifth Door Ensemble’s presentation of The Seven Deadly Sins and Bluebeard’s Castle, and the Holland Park debut of the period instruments ensemble, Figure, in a performance of Handel’s tree-hugging opera, Serse.

Working closely with the community

Despite a 30% reduction in capacity from its pre-pandemic level, Opera Holland Park will maintain its annual percentage of accessible and free tickets, including Free Tickets for Under 18s and Over 65s, and reduced tickets for NHS staff.

The 2022 Season sees the return of the Discovery Matinees. These performances are designed to welcome people who want to try opera out for the first time in a relaxed environment, and those who love opera but find the normal theatre-going experience inaccessible.

This year there will be two Schools’ Matinees: a full performance of Eugene Onegin on 15 June, and an introduction to opera and the instruments of the orchestra on 21 June. Workshops will be made available to those schools joining us for the Schools’ Matinees.

Opera Holland Park’s International Opera Award-winning outreach and education Inspire team is planning online and in person OperaUNITY sessions for families with children under the age of five or those with special educational needs, to complement CarmenEugene Onegin, Little Women and HMS Pinafore. This year’s collaboration with the Holland Park Ecology Centre is inspired by the legend of Le Villi and will feature an exploration of the woodland around the theatre.

Opera for Thought, an Inspire project designed for those living with dementia, will focus on Eugene Onegin, in collaboration with the Opera Holland Park Young Artists.

Further Inspire activities include a new Youth Choir initiative with the West London virtual schools, offering cultural engagement and enrichment to children from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and nearby boroughs through learning songs from the operas in the season, and creating new songs around the stories they tell.


Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky

New production by Opera Holland Park, with City of London Sinfonia and the Opera Holland Park Chorus

Sung in Russian with English surtitles

31 May, 3, 9, 11, 15, 17, 21 and 25 June at 7.30pm
Discovery Matinee on 19 June at 2pm
Young Artists performances on 13 and 23 June at 7.30pm
Schools’ Matinee performance on 15 June

Conductor Lada Valešová
Julia Burbach
Lighting Designer 
Robert Price
Jo Meredith
Chorus Master 
Richard Harker

Tatyana Anush Hovhannisyan
Onegin Samuel Dale Johnson
Thomas Atkins
Emma Stannard
Larina Amanda Roocroft
Kathleen Wilkinson
Prince Gremin 
Matthew Stiff
John Wood
Konrad Jaromin


Eugene Onegin Young Artists Performances, including the Schools’ Matinee

Conductor Hannah von Wiehler
Emma Black
 Alina Sorokina

Tatyana Lucy Anderson
Rory Musgrave
Jack Roberts
Anna Elizabeth Cooper
Emily Hodkinson
Jane Monari
Prince Gremin 
Henry Grant Kerswell
Phillip Costovski
Konrad Jaromin


Carmen by Bizet

2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 14, 18, 22 and 24 June at 7.30pm
Discovery Matinee on 12 June at 2pm

New production by Opera Holland Park, with City of London Sinfonia and the Opera Holland Park Chorus

Sung in French with English surtitles

Conductor Lee Reynolds
Associate Conductor Sonia Ben-Santamaria (conducting on 12 and 14 June)
Director Cecilia Stinton
Designer takis
Lighting Designer Johanne Jensen
Choreographer Isabel Baquero
Chorus Master Richard Harker

Carmen Kezia Bienek
Don José Oliver Johnston
Escamillo Thomas Mole
Micaëla Alison Langer
Frasquita Natasha Agarwal
Mercédès Ellie Edmonds
Zuniga Jacob Phillips
Moralès Jevan McAuley
Le Dancaïre Themba Mvula
Le Remendado Mike Bradley


Margot la Rouge by Delius / Le Villi by Puccini

21, 23, 27 and 29 July and 2, 4 and 6 August at 7.30pm
Discovery Matinee on 31 July at 2pm

New production by Opera Holland Park, with City of London Sinfonia and the Opera Holland Park Chorus

Margot la Rouge is sung in French and Le Villi is sung in Italian with English surtitles

Conductor Francesco Cilluffo
Martin Lloyd-Evans
Lighting Designer 
Jake Wiltshire
Jami Reid-Quarrell
Chorus Master 
Dominic Ellis-Peckham

Margot la Rouge

Margot Anne Sophie Duprels
Sergeant Thibault 
Samuel Sakker
Paul Carey Jones
Lili Béguin 
Sarah Minns
LauraLolita Perešivana
La Patronne Laura Woods
First Soldier 
George von Bergen
La Poigne 
Jack Holton
Second Soldier 
Alistair Sutherland
David Woloszko
First Woman 
Grace Nyandoro
Second Woman 
Alys Roberts
Third Woman 
Second Drinker 
Matthew Duncan
Third Drinker/A Man 
Peter Lidbetter
Richard Moore
Police Inspector 
Dragoş Andrei Ionel

Le Villi

Anna Anne Sophie Duprels
Peter Auty
Stephen Gadd


Little Women by Mark Adamo

22, 28 and 30 July and 3 and 5 August at 7.30pm
Discovery Matinee on 24 July at 2pm

UK premiere and new production by Opera Holland Park, with City of London Sinfonia and the Opera Holland Park Chorus

Sung in English with English surtitles

Conductor Sian Edwards
Associate Conductor & Chorus Master 
Scott Wilson(conducting on 3 and 5 August)
Director Ella Marchment
Madeleine Boyd
Lighting Designer 
Rory Beaton

Jo Charlotte Badham
Kitty Whately
Harriet Eyley
Elizabeth Karani
Frederick Jones
John Brooke 
Harry Thatcher
Cecilia March 
Lucy Schaufer
Friedrich Bhaer 
Benson Wilson
Alma March 
Victoria Simmonds
Gideon March James Cleverton


HMS Pinafore by Gilbert & Sullivan

9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 August at 7.30pm
Discovery Matinee on 13 August at 2pm

New co-production by Opera Holland Park and Charles Court Opera, with City of London Sinfonia and the Opera Holland Park Chorus

Sung in English with English surtitles

Conductor David Eaton
John Savournin
Madeleine Boyd
Lighting Designer 
Jake Wiltshire
David Hulston
Chorus Master Dominic Ellis-Peckham

Sir Joseph Porter Richard Burkhard
Captain Corcoran 
John Savournin
Ralph Rackstraw Peter Kirk
Dick Deadeye 
Frederick Long
Boatswain Themba Mvula
Bob Becket 
Peter Lidbetter
Llio Evans
Sophie Dicks
Mrs Cripps 
Lucy Schaufer*

Opera in Song: 28 June – 3 July

Carmen in Song

28 June, 7.30pm
Adèle Charvet (mezzo soprano), Julien Van Mellaerts (baritone) and Simon Lepper (piano) perform a dramatic retelling of the story of Carmen through the songs of Henri Duparc, Georges Bizet, Richard Strauss and others.

Unsung Heroines

29 June, 7.30pm
Louise Alder (soprano), Opera Holland Park Young Artists and Gary Matthewman (piano) celebrate the work of female composers and librettists including Alma Mahler, Amy Beach and Clara Schumann. The recital will be held in support of a local women’s shelter. 

America in Song

3 July, 7.30pm
Francesca Chiejina (soprano), Kitty Whately (mezzo soprano), Frederick Jones (tenor), Alex Otterburn (baritone) and Dylan Perez (piano) explore American song from the operatic stage to Broadway in the music of composers from Charles Ives to George Gershwin, Margaret Bonds, Stephen Sondheim and Mark Adamo.

Winter Journey

1 July, 7.30pm
Roderick Williams and Ella O’Neill perform Winterreise in Jeremy Sams’s English translation, Winter Journey.

Die schöne Müllerin

2 July, 7.30pm
Julien Van Mellaerts and James Baillieu perform Die schöne Müllerin in the original language, framed by the poet Wilhelm Müller’s prologue and epilogue in English.

Schwanengesang and The Lake

3 July, 3pm
BBC New Generation Artists Ema Nikolovska and Kunal Lahiry present Schwanengesang with the world premiere of The Lake, composed by Errollyn Wallen as a reflection and response to Schubert’s final collection of songs.


Discovery Matinees

The Discovery Matinees welcome people who want to try opera out for the first time in a relaxed environment, and those who love opera but find the normal theatre-going experience inaccessible.

What’s on offer:

·         Relaxed Performance – every Discovery Matinee will be adapted to suit people who find it difficult to follow the usual conventions of theatre behaviour, and those who prefer a more relaxed environment.

·         Subsidised tickets – ticket prices are reduced for the Discovery Matinees with prices ranging from £10–50, with half price access tickets available for disabled people and a companion or carer.

·         Audio-description – Discovery Matinees will be audio-described for blind and partially-sighted audiences, with additional commentary explaining the action on stage, including singers’ body language, expressions and movements.

·         Weekend afternoon performances – we hope a 2pm start to each Discovery Matinee will allow families to fall in love with opera together.

Dates and times:

·         Carmen – 12 June at 2pm

·         Eugene Onegin – 19 June at 2pm

·         Little Women – 24 July at 2pm

·         Margot la Rouge / Le Villi – 31 July at 2pm

·         HMS Pinafore – 13 August at 2pm


Booking Information

Tickets for the 2022 Season will go on sale on the following dates. Tickets cost £10-£128.

General booking for all performances as part of the 2022 Season opens on Wednesday 6 April at 10am. Priority booking is available for OHP Members and Supporters – for more details please visit our website.  P

Inspire £22 tickets go on sale on Wednesday 13 April.


Free Ticket Schemes

Applications for Free Tickets for Under 18s will open on Wednesday 6 April at 10am.

Applications for Free Tickets for Over 65s for the 2022 Season open on Wednesday 26 January and close on Friday 8 April.

Since 2017 we have offered half price community tickets to staff of the NHS, London Ambulance Service, London Fire Service, Metropolitan Police and Armed Forces as well as teachers, social workers and carers from the Tri-Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea. Employees are eligible for half price or two-for-one tickets for all of our 2022 Season productions.

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