Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Summer of delights at Opera Holland Park

 Anne Sophie Duprels as Iris and Noah Stewart as Osaka in Iris at Opera Holland Park 2016. Photo Robert Workman
 Anne Sophie Duprels as Iris and Noah Stewart as Osaka in Iris
at Opera Holland Park 2016. Photo Robert Workman 
The full casting for Opera Holland Park's 2017 has been announced and is full of delights, with a nice mix of established artists and young talent. Elizabeth Llewellyn will be returning to Opera Holland Park to sing the title role in Puccini's La Rondine. (I interviewed Elizabeth earlier this year in advance of her role debut as Puccini's Tosca in Magdeburg). Anne Sophie Duprels follows up her stunning performance this year in Mascagni's Iris with another role by a verismo composer.  She will take the title role in Leonocavallo's Zaza, his delightful opera set around a Parisian cafe-concert, which was recently revived by Opera Rara.

Opera Holland Park has always given strong support to young artists, and this year is no different. Ashley Riches, recently announced as a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, will be make his Opera Holland Park debut in the title role of Mozart's Don Giovanni with Lauren Fagan, former Jette Parker Young Artist, as Donna Anna.

Opera Holland Park, of course, has its own young artists programme and quite a number of former Opera Holland Park young artists return regularly becoming part of the family, this year including Alice Privett and Stephen Aviss (both appearing in La Rondine), conductor Dane Lam and director Oliver Platt (Don Giovanni), Matthew Waldren (now Mackerras Fellow at English National Opera, who conducts La Rondine). This year's young artists will be on show on 22 June 2016 which is the young artists performance of Don Giovanni.

Another much anticipated returnee is Olivia Fuchs' 2009 production of Janacek's Katya Kabanova. Fuchs returns to direct with a cast including Julia Sporsen, Peter Hoare, Anne Mason and Nicky Spence.

The remaining casts for the operas are full of other delights.
La Rondine includes Armenian soprano Tereza Gevorgyan making her debut, and David Stephenson, Don Giovanni includes Ben Johnson, Victoria Simmonds, Graeme Broadbent, Ellie Laugharne and Ian Beadle, with John Savournin as Leporello. Katya Kabanova will be conducted by Sian Edwards, with a cast including Mikhail Svetlov and Laura Woods. Leoncavallo's Zaza will include James Cleverton (who made a strong impression in last year's Iris), Johane Ansell, and Richard Burkhard with Peter Robinson conducting.


La rondine by Giacomo Puccini (New Production) 1, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 23 June 2017 at 7.30pm
Magda de Civry: Elizabeth Llewellyn
Lisette: Tereza Gevorgyan
Prunier: Stephen Aviss
Rambaldo: Fernandez: David Stephenson
Périchaud:: Henry Grant Kerswell
Gobin: Timothy Langston
Crébillon/Rabonnier: Alistair Sutherland
Yvette/Georgette: Pia Harris
Bianca/Gabriela: Alice Privett
Suzy/Lolette: Sophie Dicks
Voce di Sopranino: Alys Roberts
Un Maggiordomo: Jon Shaw
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Conductor: Matthew Waldren
Director: Martin Lloyd-Evans
Designer: takis

Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (New Production) 3, 5, 7, 9, 14, 16, 18 (matinee at 2.00pm), 20, 22 (Young Artists), 24 June 2017 at
7.15pm
Don Giovanni : Ashley Riches
Leporello:: John Savournin
Donna Anna : Lauren Fagan
Don Ottavio: Ben Johnson
Donna Elvira : Victoria Simmonds
Il Commendatore : Graeme Broadbent
Zerlina : Ellie Laugharne
Masetto : Ian Beadle
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Conductor: Dane Lam
Director: Oliver Platt
Designer: Neil Irish

Kát’a Kabanová by Leoš Janáček (Revival) 15, 19, 21, 26, 28 July 2017 at 8.00pm

Kát'a Kabanová : Julia Sporsén
Kabanicha: Anne Mason
Boris: Peter Hoare
Tichon: Nicky Spence
Varvara: Clare Presland
Váňa Kudrjaš : Paul Curievici
Savël Prokofjevic Dikój: Mikhail Svetlov
Glaša : Laura Woods
Fekluša: Polly Leech
Kuligin : Ross Ramgobin
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Conductor: Sian Edwards
Director: Olivia Fuchs
Designer: Yannis Thavoris
Lighting Designer: Colin Grenfell

Zazà by Ruggero Leoncavallo (New Production) 18, 20, 22, 27, 29 July 2017 at 7.30pm

Zazà: Anne Sophie Duprels
Anaide: Louise Winter
Cascart: Richard Burkhard
Bussy : James Cleverton
Floriana: Johane Ansell
Natalia: Ellie Edmonds
Duclou: Eddie Wade
Augusto: Michael Bradley
Claretta: Alexandra Stenson
Simona: Charlotte Hewett
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Conductor: Peter Robinson
Director: Marie Lambert
Set Designer: Alyson Cummins
Costume Designer: Camille Assaf
Lighting Designer: Mark Jonathan

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