Debussy, Zandonai and Janacek amongst line-up for Opera Holland Park in 2009 & 2010

Other highlights include Donizetti's Roberto Devereux and Verdi's La forza del Destino

5 June 2008

Holland Park OperaTheir current season is only two days old (click here for a review of the opening night performance of Il trovatore), but the ever-forward-looking Opera Holland Park has already announced productions for the 2009 and 2010 summer festivals.

As is customary, six operas will be performed each summer, with the repertoire ranging from Offenbach to Janacek and Mozart to Debussy.

Verdi is, as always, the staple of both seasons. 2009 will see a new production of Un ballo in maschera conducted by Peter Robinson, while in 2010, the company will face the extraordinary challenge of presenting La forza del Destino. The latter opera is notoriously difficult to cast and stage but one looks forward to seeing how OHP will deal with it.

Last night's sizzling debut performance of Donizetti's La fille du régiment will be followed next year by the same composer's Roberto Devereux, an all-too-rarely-seen masterpiece that contains some of the composer's finest music. Baritone Mark Stone will play the Duke of Nottingham, following on from recent triumphs with the company including this year's Iolanta.

Holland Park OperaAt the gentler end of the scale, Humperdinck's Hansel und Gretel and Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld will be perfect fare for next summer's season.

The 2009 series is completed by Puccini's La bohème and, continuing from last season's barnstorming Jenufa, Janacek's Kat'a Kabanova will come to the park for the first time. Stuart Stratford, an expert in this repertoire, will conduct the Czech masterpiece.

Then in 2010, the repertoire is particularly invigorating. While Carmen and Don Giovanni are safe bets, it must be a daring move for OHP to consider staging Debussy's impressionistic masterpiece, Pelléas et Mélisande.

Olivia Fuchs' 2003 production of Beethoven's Fidelio will return – a rare revival for the company – and it's back to the verismo rarities that brought OHP to greater prominence, with Zandonai's unjustly forgotten Francesca da Rimini.

Added to the Forza production, it promises to be a summer festival to rival the greatest in the country.

By Dominic McHugh

See also our preview of the Royal Opera, Covent Garden's 2008-09 season here.

See also our preview of ENO's 2008-09 season here.

See also our preview of the Opera national de Paris' 2008-09 season here.

See also our preview of the 2008 Edinburgh Festival here.

Plus our preview of the Barbican's Great Performers 2008-09 season here.

And read our preview of the London Philharmonic's 2008-09 season here.

Also see details of Welsh National Opera's 2008-09 season here.