Opera in Song opens on 28 June at Opera Holland Park

Curated by Julien Van Mellaerts and Dylan Perez, the Opera in Song series returns to Opera Holland Park 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.

Tickets are available from £22 at https://operahollandpark.com/productions/opera-in-song-2022/.

For more information about the repertoire being performed, read the online programme here: https://operahollandpark.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Opera-in-Song.pdf.


Opera in Song: 28 June – 3 July

Carmen in Song
28 June, 7.30pm

Mezzo-soprano Adèle Charvet, baritone Julien Van Mellaerts and pianist Simon Lepper retell the story of Carmen through the music of Ravel, Poulenc, Granados, Ginastera and Massenet.

Adèle Charvet mezzo-soprano
Julien Van Mellaerts baritone
Simon Lepper piano


Unsung Heroines
29 June, 7.30pm

Soprano Louise Alder, the Opera Holland Park Young Artists and pianist Gary Matthewman celebrate the work of female composers including Clara Schumann, Fanny Hensel, Lili Boulanger and Libby Larsen. The recital will be held in support of Solace Women’s Aid.

Louise Alder soprano
Olivia Boen soprano
Gary Matthewman piano

with OHP Young Artists:

Lucy Anderson soprano
Phillip Costovski tenor
Rory Musgrave baritone


Winter Journey

1 July, 7.30pm

Baritone Roderick Williams and pianist Ella O’Neill perform Winterreise in Jeremy Sams’s English translation, Winter Journey.

Roderick Williams baritone
Ella O’Neill 


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.

Julien Van Mellaerts baritone
James Baillieu 

*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.

Ema Nikolovska mezzo-soprano
Kunal Lahiry piano


America in Song

3 July, 7.30pm

Soprano Francesca Chiejina, mezzo-soprano Kitty Whately, tenor Frederick Jones, baritone Alex Otterburn and pianist Dylan Perez explore American song from art song to Broadway.

Francesca Chiejina soprano
Kitty Whately mezzo-soprano
Frederick Jones tenor
Alex Otterburn baritone
Dylan Perez piano

Booking Information

Tickets for Opera in Song are now on sale. Tickets cost £10-£52 and are available from https://operahollandpark.com/, over the phone on 0300 999 1000 and in person at the theatre (phone lines are open Monday-Saturday 12-6pm).