Opera Holland Park (OHP) has confirmed details of the programme for its 2023 summer season, starting in May. The season comprises four new productions and an exciting world premiere, the west London-based opera house has revealed.
OHP’s 2023 season opens on 30 May. It comprises new productions of Verdi’s gripping tragedy Rigoletto (1851), a tale of corruption, seduction and toxic masculinity in the court of Mantua, Humperdinck’s cautionary fairytale Hansel and Gretel (1893), in which a gingerbread house conceals a terrible secret (sung in German), and Puccini’s bittersweet portrait of love and friendship La bohème (The Bohemians, 1896), telling of passion and precarity in the Quartier Latin.
Hansel and Gretel is also OHP’s 2023 Young Artists production.
The world premiere is Jonathan Dove’s new opera for families, Itch, commissioned by Opera Holland Park with the Canadian Opera Company, Toronto. It is based on the best-selling novels Itch and Itch Rocks by radio DJ Simon Mayo.
The fifth new production on the roster marks OHP’s third co-production with London-based opera company Charles Court Opera. The Gilbert and Sullivan specialists return for a new staging of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comedy of ancestral ghosts, obligatory wickedness and falsified tax returns, Ruddigore (1887).
Full details of cast and creative teams will be announced in due course, along with dates and prices. Information will be available from Opera Holland Park.
Looking further to the future, Opera Holland Park has also revealed that its 2024 season will include a revival of Stephen Barlow’s sensational 2008 production of Tosca, to mark the centenary of the death of composer Giacomo Puccini. Further details are yet to be confirmed.
West London-based opera house Opera Holland Park has revealed the four new productions and world premiere that will comprise its 2023 season.