Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Branching out in Nevill Holt

The old stable block, Nevill Holt
Having for a number of years collaborated with other companies, notably forming an out-station of Grange Park Opera, Nevill Holt is this year branching out an forming its own company, Nevill Holt Opera. Nevill Holt is the glorious house in Leicestershire which is owned by David Ross with the opera taking place in a theatre created in the courtyard of the old stable block. This year the new company has been formed with conductor Nicholas Chalmers as artistic director. Chalmers will be conducting the debut production The Magic Flute which opens on Thursday 27 June 2013 (with further performances on 29, 30 June, 2, 4 July). The director is Oliver Mears and designer is Simon Holdwworth. Chalmers, Mears and Holdsworth have worked regularly together and were responsible for the recent production of Wagner's The Flying Dutchman for Northern Ireland Opera, so this new production of The Magic Flute should be highly anticipated.


Nevill Holt Opera is aiming to establish an on-going collaboration with the National Opera Studio and the young artist programmes across the UK. For The Magic Flute it has assembled a young cast which includes Anthony Gregory as Tamino (Gregory was Ferrando in the recent ETO production of Cosi fan Tutte, see my review), Alexander Robin Baker as Papageno, Rhian Lois as Pamina (Lois is an ENO Harewood Artist, performing Nerine in Medee, see my review) , Richard Wiegold as Sarastro, Daniel Norman as Monostatos and Alison Bell as the Queen of the Night. The orchestra will be formed from recent graduates of the music colleges in the UK.

Further information from the Nevill Holt Opera website.

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