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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.
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 famous auditorium.
Lunchtime concerts at St. Martin-in-the-Fields – 14 Jan to 30 Apr 2019 (selected dates only) – St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square usually puts on a free classical music recitals a couple of times each week.
Britten Sinfonia playing Delius, Mahler and Brahms – 17 Jan 2019 – Sir Mark Elder and the Britten Sinfonia will be performing some classical music by Delius, Mahler and Brahms at Barbican Hall.
BBC SO, playing Beethoven and Schoenberg – 18 Jan 2019 – The BBC Symphony Orchestra will be performing some classical music by Beethoven and Schoenberg at Barbican Hall.
BBC SO playing Schumann, Brahms and Causton – 23 Jan 2019 – The BBC Symphony Orchestra will be performing some classical music by Schumann, Brahms and Causton at Barbican Hall.
BBC SO playing JS Bach’s Mass in B Minor – 2 Feb 2019 – John Butt and the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will be performing JS Bach's Mass in B Minor at Barbican Hall.
Mendelssohn, Schumann and Weber — Barbican Hall – 7 Feb 2019 – The London Symphony Orchestra will be performing some classical music by Mendelssohn, Schumann and Weber at Barbican Hall.
Find more classical music this month
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 Charing Cross), Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre (catch the train from Holland Park to Regents Park), Royal Albert Hall (walk it in 24 mins or catch the tube from Holland Park to South Kensington) and Royal Opera House (catch the train from Holland Park to Covent Garden)
Disclaimer: Event details can change at short notice and you should reconfirm everything before making plans