Opera Holland Park Announces Summer 2008 Productions

Donizetti, Tchaikovsky and Ponchielli rarities highlight an eclectic season

13 November 2007

Mark Stone: star at Holland Park Opera (credit: Jamie Lumley)

Opera Holland Park has announced the six operas which will make up its summer 2008 season.

According to the London-based summer opera company's website, Verdi's Il trovatore, Donizetti's La Fille du régiment, Mozart's The Magic Flute, Puccini's Tosca, Ponchielli's La Gioconda and Tchaikovsky's Iolanta will make up the season, which is provisionally set to run from 3 June to 8 August 2008.

Although no casting or production details are given, it had previously been announced that veteran actor and director Simon Callow would be directing the Mozart Singspiel, following on from a previous directorial success with the company.

Furthermore, English baritone Mark Stone's website indicates that he will play Robert in Iolanta, again continuing on from previous appearances with OHP in two of their previous Tchaikovsky operas, Eugene Onegin and The Queen of Spades (particular highlights of recent seasons). Stone put in a thrilling performance last week in Opera Rara's La straniera and will give a recital at Leighton House for OHP with Stephen Barlow on 12 December 2007.

Brad Cohen's website also reveals that he'll once more be getting the OHP season off to a strong start with a mid-period Verdi opera.

For the time being, though, it seems one can only speculate as to other details until they are announced in due course. For my own part, I'd love to see Brad Cooper, who excelled as Almaviva in the 2007 OHP production of Il barbiere di Siviglia, return to take on another huge bel canto role, Tonio in La Fille du régiment - but I guess we'll have to wait and see.

By Dominic McHugh

Provisional dates for Opera Holland Park's 2008 season:

Il trovatore by Giuseppe Verdi

June 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 18, 20

La Fille du régiment by Gaetano Donizetti

June 4, 6, 11, 13, 17, 19, 21

The Magic Flute by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

June 28, 30, July 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12

Tosca by Giacomo Puccini

July 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13

La Gioconda by Amilcare Ponchielli

July 22, 24, 26, 30, August 1, 5, 7, 9

Iolanta by Pyotr Tchaikovsky

July 25, 29, 31, August 2, 6, 8

Please note the above dates are provisional.

Another event of note:

A Recital of English Songs

12 December 2007

Mark Stone (Baritone)

Stephen Barlow (Piano)

Renowned baritone Mark Stone gives a recital of English songs by Quilter, Butterworth and Delius in the beautiful setting of Leighton House.

To find out more, contact Opera Holland Park Friends on 020 7361 3910 or email friends@operahollandpark.com

For more information on all the Opera Holland Park productions, visit their website.