Surrounded by the beautiful formal gardens and wilded woodlands of Holland Park, the canopied open-air auditorium is the perfect place to enjoy critically acclaimed opera in the heart of London.
Opera Holland Park’s history can be traced to 1605, when Holland House, the backdrop of the beautiful canopied theatre, first came into existence. Since the company was founded in 1996, it has grown into a successful independent charity and internationally-renowned opera company.
A history of Italian rarities
In 1997 OHP produced two operas: Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Mascagni’s Iris, the first in a strand of Italian rarities that has become a hallmark of the company’s work.
To this day the OHP seasons balance fresh and insightful productions of established masterpieces by Mozart, Donizetti, Bizet, Verdi, Tchaikovsky or Puccini with rarities by Catalani, Cilea, Giordano, Mascagni, Montemezzi, Wolf-Ferrari and Zandonai.
Every summer OHP builds a theatre and perform to audiences from across the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and beyond.
OHP is an urban company in a leafy, airy setting. OHP identifies and nurture emerging talent through our Young Artists scheme, and welcome singers, conductors, directors and designers back as their careers take flight.
OHP is an independent charity. Throughout the year OHP serves the community in care homes, hospices, shelters and schools. OHP builds the audiences of the future and take music to those for whom a traditional theatre setting is inaccessible.
OHP are artists and producers, set builders, stage crew, security and front of house. OHP are members, supporters and volunteers, wigs and make-up, lighting and costume, working in a four hundred year old multimedia live art form and tell stories through the expressivity and emotional honesty of the unamplified human voice.
OHP produces comedies and tragedies from different centuries and countries, relishing the variety of music for singers and orchestra and the imagination and theatrical vitality in every new production. OHP take our audiences with us, introducing them to rarities and celebrating well-loved classics together.
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