Constructed from reclaimed and sustainable materials to reflect the natural beauty around the theatre, Opera Holland Park
was named ‘London’s greenest theatre’ by the Evening Standard in 2021. The redesigned performance space has proved
wonderfully flexible for performances of opera and song recitals, spoken word and family events, and has hosted guest
residencies in repertoire from Handel and Mahler to ballet, calypso and steelband. Sightlines and seating were improved in
2022 and the space continues to evolve. Sustainability informs every aspect of the theatre, with food and drink sourced from
independent companies within a 50 mile radius of Opera Holland Park.
Five new productions to celebrate the return of summer
Corruption, seduction and toxic masculinity in the court of Mantua. A gingerbread house that conceals a terrible secret.
Passion and precarity in the Quartier Latin. The world premiere of an explosive new opera, and the ghostly curse of the
Murgatroyd family.
Opera Holland Park’s 2023 Season opens on Tuesday 30 May with new productions of Verdi’s gripping tragedy, Rigoletto,
Humperdinck’s cautionary fairytale, Hansel and Gretel (sung in German), Puccini’s bittersweet portrait of love and friendship,
La bohème, and the world premiere of Jonathan Dove’s new opera, Itch, commissioned by Opera Holland Park. In its third
co-production with Opera Holland Park, Charles Court Opera returns with a new staging of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comedy of
ancestral ghosts, obligatory wickedness and falsified tax returns, Ruddigore. The City of London Sinfonia returns as resident
orchestra for all five productions.
The Season opens with a new production of Rigoletto (30 May – 24 June). Verdi’s excoriating study of lust, innocence and
thwarted revenge reunites director Cecilia Stinton and conductor Lee Reynolds (Carmen, 2022). Acclaimed tenor David
Junghoon Kim makes his company debut as the Duke of Mantua, with the accomplished Verdian Stephen Gadd (La traviata,
2018 and 2021) taking the title role and former OHP Young Artist Alison Langer (La traviata, 2018 and 2021, Un ballo in
maschera, 2019) as Rigoletto’s daughter, Gilda. Designs are by Neil Irish, with lighting by Jake Wiltshire.
The Brothers Grimm’s tale of hunger, enchantment, entrapment and rescue has thrilled children and adults for two hundred
years. Many adaptations exist but Engelbert Humperdinck’s 1893 opera, Hansel and Gretel (10 – 23 June), is by far the most
delicious. Sung in German, John Wilkie’s (Il segreto di Susanna, 2019) new production sees the company debuts of conductor
Karin Hendrickson and sopranos Meeta Raval and April Koyejo-Audiger, and the return of Laura Lolita Perešivana (Margot la
Rouge, 2022), Charlotte Badham (Little Women, 2022), Eleanor Dennis (Così fan tutte, 2018), Paul Carey Jones (Margot la
Rouge, 2022) and former OHP Young Artist, Charlotte Bowden (The Marriage of Figaro, 2021). Hansel and Gretel will also be
this year’s Opera Holland Park Young Artists production.
Puccini’s evergreen group portrait of friends and lovers in the Quartier Latin, La bohème (19 July – 5 August) returns to Opera
Holland Park in a new production from debuting director, Natascha Metherell, with designs by Madeleine Boyd and lighting by
Charlie Morgan Jones. George Jackson (Così fan tutte, 2018) returns to conduct a cast led by Katie Bird (L’amico Fritz, 2021),
Adam Gilbert (Lakmé, 2015), Elizabeth Karani (Little Women, 2022) and Ross Ramgobin (The Marriage of Figaro, 2021) as the
two sets of lovers, with Harry Thatcher (Little Women, 2022) and Barnaby Rea (Iolanta, 2019) as their loyal companions.
Simon Mayo’s best-selling novels, Itch and Itch Rocks, have been transformed into an explosive new opera by composer
Jonathan Dove and librettist Alasdair Middleton. Commissioned by Opera Holland Park, Itch (22 July – 4 August) receives its
world premiere in a production by Stephen Barlow (The Cunning Little Vixen, 2021) with designs by Frankie Bradshaw. Jessica
Cottis (The Cunning Little Vixen, 2021) conducts an exceptional ensemble cast, reuniting many of the singers from Barlow’s
five star 2015 production of Dove’s Flight, with Rebecca Bottone and Eric Greene making their company debuts alongside
Adam Temple-Smith as the element-hunting hero, Itchingham Lofte.
Opera Holland Park and Charles Court Opera join forces again with a new co-production of WS Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan’s
Ruddigore (9 – 12 August) to close the 2023 Season. John Savournin (HMS Pinafore, 2022) directs this supremely silly story of
a dynasty of baronets who are cursed to commit daily acts of wickedness, and sings the role of Sir Despard Murgatroyd. David
Eaton conducts a sensational cast of G&S stalwarts and fresh talent, featuring Matthew Kellett, Stephen Gadd, David Webb,

Richard Suart, Llio Evans, Heather Lowe, Heather Shipp, Natasha Agarwal and Caroline Carragher, with designs by Madeleine
Boyd.
Nurturing emerging talent
Thirteen alumni of the acclaimed Opera Holland Park Young Artists scheme return as principal artists in the 2023 Season,
including directors Cecilia Stinton and John Wilkie, conductor George Jackson, and singers Charlotte Badham, Georgia Mae
Bishop, Charlotte Bowden, Phillip Costovski, Elizabeth Karani and Alison Langer. This year’s Young Artists cast of Hansel and
Gretel (sung in German) will be announced on 7 February.
Sharing our resources
Curated by Julien van Mellaerts and Dylan Perez, Opera in Song returns with a sequence of three concerts across one
weekend, featuring Sophie Bevan, Helen Charlston, Eleanor Dennis, Simon Lepper, Nardus Williams, Anna Tilbrook, Dylan Perez,
Julien Van Mellaerts and members of the cohort of the 2023 Young Artists. Following last year’s production of Peter and the
Wolf, performed to an audience from babes-in-arms to grandparents, and to tie-in with the themes in Hansel and Gretel,
Waterperry Opera brings a new family-friendly production of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes, a co-production with Opera
Holland Park embarking on a UK tour in July and August delivered in partnership with Oxford Festival of the Arts and Lichfield
Festival.
The Royal Ballet School also returns to Holland Park for its annual showcase with a rich, diverse programme of dance across
five performances in July showcasing the exceptional young dancers across all years of the school, in a celebration of their
extraordinary talents and achievements.
Working closely with the community
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 2023 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 Hansel and Gretel on 14 June at 12pm, and an
introduction to the opera and the instruments of the orchestra on 21 June at 12pm. Workshops will be made available to those
schools joining us for the Schools’ Matinees.
The award-winning Inspire Education and Outreach Programme continues to offer an enriching programme for all members
of all ages in our community.A new Inspire project launching this year is centred around the commission and premiere of Itch.
Linking literature, chemistry and music, ‘Itch: it started with a bang!’ is a multi-disciplinary learning programme for
disadvantaged primary schools in Kensington and Chelsea.Opera Holland Park is partnering with the National Literacy Trust
and Sublime Science to create a series of workshops and activities to illustrate how different subject areas work together to
create something remarkable.
Songs on the Steps, a series of seven free lunchtime recitals for picnickers and passers by, returns for a second season.
Featuring artists from the company, the fortnightly concerts will be held on Fridays at 1pm, from 5 May to 28 July.Our wider
community work continues with regular recitals in partnership with Age UK and Open Age. We are rejuvenating our partnership
with the Learning Disabilities Resource Centre in North Kensington providing a series of musical and sensory workshops to
their service users, creating spaces for communication and creativity in a relaxed and safe environment.
To complement our season’s productions OperaUNITY music and movement sessions return to provide families with young
children to enjoy time together at the theatre.

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. Our first Discovery Matinee on the main stage was in
2019 and we expanded to a full programme for our 2021 and 2022 Seasons, which will continue this year.
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:
Hansel and Gretel – 18 June at 2pm
La bohème – 23 July at 2pm
Itch – 30 July at 2pm
Ruddigore – 12 August at 2pm
Schools’ Matinees for Hansel and Gretel
Through annual Schools Matinees Opera Holland Park and Inspire introduce younger audiences to opera with tailored
workshops and full performances.
Dates and times:
Hansel and Gretel Schools’ Matinee – 14 June at 12pm
Hansel and Gretel Schools’ Mini Matinee – 21 June at 12pm

Productions
Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi
New production by Opera Holland Park, with City of London Sinfonia and the Opera Holland Park Chorus
Sung in Italian with English surtitles
30 May – 24 June
Rigoletto Stephen Gadd
Gilda Alison Langer
Duke of Mantua David Junghoon Kim
Duke of Mantua (7 and 9 June) Elgan Llŷr Thomas
Sparafucile Simon Wilding
Maddalena Hannah Pedley

Giovanna Georgia Mae Bishop
Count Ceprano Benson Wilson
Countess Ceprano Joanna Harries
Borsa Mike Bradley
Monterone Matthew Stiff
Marullo Jacob Phillips
Court Usher Samuel Snowden
Page Annie George

Conductor Lee Reynolds
Director Cecilia Stinton
Designer Neil Irish
Lighting Designer Jake Wiltshire
Chorus Master Dominic Ellis-Peckham

Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck
New production by Opera Holland Park, with City of London Sinfonia, the Opera Holland Park Chorus and Children’s Chorus
arranged by Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School.
Sung in German with English surtitles
10 – 23 June
Hansel Charlotte Badham
Gretel Laura Lolita Perešivana
The Gingerbread Witch Eleanor Dennis
Peter Paul Carey Jones
Gertrud Meeta Raval
The Sandman April Koyejo-Audiger
The Dew Fairy Charlotte Bowden

Conductor Karin Hendrickson
Director John Wilkie
Designer Neil Irish
Lighting Designer Robert Price
Movement Director Michael Spenceley

Chorus Master Dominic Ellis-Peckham
La bohème by Giacomo Puccini
New production by Opera Holland Park, with City of London Sinfonia, the Opera Holland Park Chorus and Children’s Chorus
coordinated by Pimlico Musical Foundation and Tiffin Boys’ Choir.
Sung in Italian with English surtitles
19 July – 5 August
Rodolfo Adam Gilbert
Rodolfo (27 June) Joseph Buckmaster
Mimì Katie Bird
Marcello Ross Ramgobin

Musetta Elizabeth Karani
Schaunard Harry Thatcher
Colline Barnaby Rea
Alcindoro / Benoît Henry Grant Kerswell
Parpignol Phillip Costovski
A Customs Sergeant Alistair Sutherland

Conductor George Jackson
Director Natascha Metherell
Designer Madeleine Boyd
Lighting Designer Charlie Morgan Jones
Chorus Master Richard Harker

Itch by Jonathan Dove
New production by Opera Holland Park with City of London Sinfonia
Sung in English with English surtitles
22 July – 4 August
Itchingham Lofte Adam Temple-Smith
Jack Lofte Natasha Agarwal
Jude Lofte / Roshanna Wing Rebecca Bottone

Nicholas Lofte Eric Greene
Bob Evert / Kinch Robert Burt
Cake / Berghahn James Laing
Watkins Victoria Simmonds
Nathaniel Flowerdew Nicholas Garrett

Composer Jonathan Dove
Librettist Alasdair Middleton
Conductor Jessica Cottis
Director Stephen Barlow
Designer Frankie Bradshaw
Lighting Designer Jake Wiltshire

Ruddigore by WS Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan
Co-production by Charles Court Opera
9 – 12 August
Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd Matthew Kellett
Sir Despard Murgatroyd John Savournin
Sir Roderic Murgatroyd Stephen Gadd
Richard Dauntless David Webb
Old Adam Goodheart Richard Suart
Rose Maybud Llio Evans
Mad Margaret Heather Lowe
Dame Hannah Heather Shipp
Zorah Natasha Agarwal
Ruth Caroline Carragher

Conductor David Eaton
Director John Savournin
Designer Madeleine Boyd
Chorus Master Richard Harker

Opera in Song
Curated by Julien van Mellaerts and Dylan Perez.
29 July 1pm
‘All the Future Days: A celebration of contemporary British art song’
Special feature on Jonathan Dove’s music to celebrate the world premiere of Itch
Nardus Williams, soprano
Helen Charlston, mezzo-soprano
Anna Tilbrook, piano
30 July 7.30pm
‘Vissi d’arte: Life for art’
Songs by Puccini, Verdi, Debussy, Strauss and Schönberg
Sophie Bevan, soprano
Julien Van Mellaerts, baritone
Dylan Perez, piano
31 July 7.30pm
‘Through the woods: From the Witch’s perspective’
Hansel and Gretel, as retold by the Witch
Eleanor Dennis, soprano
Simon Lepper, piano
OHP Young Artists
Partnership and support from both Steinway and Sons and the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation continue for Opera in Song. For
each ticket sold, £3 will be donated to Bowel Cancer UK as Opera in Song’s featured charity, as well as donations on the door at
each recital.

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Booking Information
Tickets for the 2023 Season will go on sale for Members and Supporters from Wednesday 22 February for Rigoletto, Hansel
and Gretel, La bohème, Itch and Ruddigore
Tickets cost £10-£150.
General booking for all performances and events as part of the 2023 Season opens Monday 3 April
Priority booking is available for OHP Members and Supporters. Opera Holland Park has frozen its Membership and Supporter
prices for the fourth consecutive year. For more details please visit our website.
Inspire £24 tickets go on sale Wednesday 12 April
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Free Ticket Schemes
Applications for Free Tickets for Under 18s are open now with booking available from Wednesday 12 April
Applications for Free Tickets for Over 65s open now with booking available from Wednesday 12 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 2023
Season productions.
For more information visit www.operahollandpark.com