Opera Holland Park 2017 Season
Thu 1 Jun - Sat 29 Jul 2017
Proud to be Resident Orchestra at Opera Holland Park since 2004, City of London Sinfonia performs in four innovative productions in the 2017 Season: Puccini's La rondine, Mozart's Don Giovanni, Janáček’s Kat’á Kabanová and Leoncavallo's Zazà.
Puccini’s heartbreaking story of love and loss has become enormously popular in recent years and the opera has been re-evaluated as one of the composer’s most exquisitely crafted works. Astonishingly, it is sometimes listed as a ‘comedy’, presumably because nobody dies, but it is, in fact, a story that describes the process of love and separation in a way that most of us can relate to.
Infatuation, comedy, suspense and a devious womaniser like no other. Concerned only with hedonistic thrills and wooing his ‘conquests’, Don Giovanni’s philosophy is to live every day as if it were his last, caring little about the hearts he has broken or lives he has taken along the way.
Janáček’s extraordinary masterpiece, Kat’á Kabanová, makes a welcome return to Opera Holland Park this season in Olivia Fuchs’ highly regarded 2009 production. Intensely passionate and sensual, this opera is deemed by many as the composer’s most immediate stage work.
Leoncavallo’s deeply affecting Zazà is a long-awaited addition to Opera Holland Park, falling as it does into our tradition of late, romantic Italian opera from the ‘verismo’ repertoire. Leoncavallo is best known for I Pagliacci, and like Mascagni, was often condemned as a one-opera composer.