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Director: Martin Lloyd-Evans; Conductor: Francesco Cilluffo; Cast: (the cast may change on different dates) Anne Sophie Duprels, Mikhail Svetlov, David Butt Philip, George von Bergen, Nadine Benjamin, Joanna Marie Skillett, Fiona Kimm, Oliver Brignall, Thomas Humphreys; Composer: Pietro Mascagni
Opera Holland Park will be putting on a production of Pietro Mascagni's Isabeau, which is based on the medieval legend of Lady Godiva.
King Raimondo is determined to find a husband for his beautiful daughter, Princess Isabeau, so he invites knights from all around the country to demonstrate their affection at a special 'Tournament of Love'.
When Isabeau refuses to choose a suitor the King orders her to ride naked on horseback through the town as punishment. The townspeople wisely refuse to look -- everyone except the King's falconer, Folco -- who is promptly arrested and thrown into prison. Isabeau duly falls in love with him, knowing all along that their relationship is doomed.
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.
Holst, Britten, Birtwistle and Mark-Anthony Turnage – 16 Sep 2018 – Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra will be playing music by Holst, Britten and Birtwistle at Barbican Hall.
Britten, Dvorak and Janacek — Barbican Hall – 18 Sep 2018 – Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra will be playing music by Britten, Dvorak and Janacek at Barbican Hall.
Sibelius, Janacek and Szymanowski — Barbican Hall – 19 Sep 2018 – Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra will be playing music by Sibelius, Janacek and Szymanowski at Barbican Hall.
BBC Symphony Orchestra — playing Beethoven – 5 Oct 2018 – Cristian Macelaru and the BBC Symphony Orchestra will be performing some works by Beethoven and Mason Bates at Barbican Hall.
Smetana’s Ma Vlast — London Symphony Orchestra – 14 Oct 2018 – Nikolaj Znaider and the London Symphony Orchestra will be performing Smetana's 'Ma Vlast' at Barbican Hall.
Stravinsky, De Falla and Lalo — Barbican Hall – 21 Oct 2018 – The London Symphony Orchestra will be performing some classical music by Stravinsky, De Falla and Lalo at Barbican Hall.
Tchaikovsky and Szymanowski — Barbican Hall – 25 Oct 2018 – The London Symphony Orchestra will be performing some classical music by Tchaikovsky and Szymanowski at Barbican Hall.
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