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Director: Antony McDonald; Conductor: Brad Cohen; Cast: (the cast may change on different dates) Mardi Byers, Kor-Jan Dusseljee, Jennifer France, Alex Otterburn, Daniel Norman, John Molloy, Elgan Llyr Thomas, Eleanor Bron, Stephen Gadd, Julia Sporsen, Jamie MacDougall, Elizabeth Cragg, Laura Zigmantaite, Lucy Hall, Thomas Humphreys, Trevor Bowes, Oliver Brignall; Composer: Richard Strauss
Opera Holland Park will be putting on a production of Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss.
It tells the story of a rich patron's brilliant idea... dinner has overrun and he doesn't want to delay the fireworks, so he suggests performing all of the after-dinner entertainment at the same time, combining a tragic opera with a romantic comedy farce -- much to the consternation of the composer and cast.
The result is a richly textured work that examines the role of art in society, and contrasts true love with cheerful promiscuity.
Note: The Holland Park Theatre is basically just a big white canopy in the middle of Holland Park, using Holland House as its backdrop. Some of the sides are open to the air (with the canopy acting as a roof), so you might want to wrap up warm. There are some picnic areas and refreshment areas dotted around the site which you can use during the interval and before it starts.
Debussy and Strauss — London Symphony Orchestra – 13 Nov 2018 – The London Symphony Orchestra will be performing some classical music by Debussy and Strauss at Barbican Hall.
Dvorak, Debussy and Strauss — Barbican Hall – 14 Nov 2018 – The London Symphony Orchestra will be performing some classical music by Dvorak, Debussy and Strauss at Barbican Hall.
Shostakovich, Richard Strauss and Alban Berg – 7 Dec 2018 – The BBC Symphony Orchestra will be performing some works by Shostakovich, Richard Strauss and Alban Berg at Barbican Hall.
Shostakovich and Strauss — London Symphony Orchestra – 27 Mar 2019 – The London Symphony Orchestra will be performing some classical music by Shostakovich and Strauss at Barbican Hall.
Richard Strauss and Iain Bell, at Barbican Hall – 31 Mar 2019 – The London Symphony Orchestra will be performing some classical music by Richard Strauss and Iain Bell at Barbican Hall.
Guided tour of the Royal Albert Hall – Every day – This guided tour of the Royal Albert Hall will take you inside one of the balcony boxes for a fantastic view of the auditorium.
Sunday organ recitals at St Paul’s Cathedral – Every Sun (apart from the last Sun of the month) – Every Sunday St Paul's Cathedral invites one of the world's finest organists to play on the Grand Organ for half-an-hour.
If you enjoy Holland Park Opera then you might like to visit Holland Park (you can walk there in less than 1 min), London Coliseum (catch the train from Holland Park to London Coliseum), Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre (catch the train from Holland Park to Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Royal Albert Hall (walk it in 24 mins or catch the tube from Holland Park to Royal Albert Hall) and Royal Opera House (catch the train from Holland Park to Royal Opera House)
Disclaimer: Event details can change at short notice and you should reconfirm everything before making plans