For our Flashback feature we’ll be taking a trip down memory lane and remembering important moments in our history which have been both hugely enjoyable and musically impressive.
For our first instalment, we’re going back to the summer of 2004. The Athens Olympics were in full swing, Lance Armstrong had just won his sixth Tour de France and more bizarrely the pickled heart of Louis XVII France had just been entombed in the royal crypt at Saint-Denis in Paris! It was also our first summer as Resident Orchestra at Opera Holland Park where Bellini’s Norma, Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West and La Bohème, and Verdi’s Luisa Miller created a fantastic series of exciting productions for our first time at the Park.
Established in 1996, Opera Holland Park has become well known for its focus on adventurous productions, mixing well known classics with more obscure repertoire. Over the years we’ve been incredibly lucky to have had the privilege of working with many highly-renowned conductors throughout our time with the company including Brad Cohen, the late Noel Davies, Jane Glover, Stuart Stratford, and Richard Bonynge.
This year, we’re delighted to be returning for the eighth year running to perform among others Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Puccini’s La Rondine, Verdi’s Rigoletto, and Catalani’s La Wally.
There’s still plenty of opportunity to catch an aria or two before the current season ends; so make sure you don;t miss out and book your tickets now.