Opera Holland Park praised by critics

Opera lovers may soon be booking luxury accommodation in London for the Opera Holland Park season taking place until August 13th.

An annual fixture since 1989, the series of opera performances, fully staged under Holland Park's canopy, feature all-new productions of Don Pasquale, L'amico Fritz, Le nozze di Figaro, La rondine, Rigoletto and La Wally.

Critics have already been hailing this year's offerings, which started on June 7th, with the Sunday Times saying: "This is vintage Opera Holland Park."

Additionally, the Observer promised that attending every Holland Park production this season would turn you from an opera layman into a "connoisseur".

Those afraid of the fickle weather experienced in the nation's capitol need not worry as the new theatre, built in 2007, protects audience members from the rain while maintaining an outdoor experience.

The 1600 square foot roof not only shields attendees from the worst the weather can offer but also provides "excellent" acoustics.

Organisers assure people that they will be free to enjoy what Bloomberg describes as "one of the great treats of the summer."

Sunday August 8th is the Opera Holland Park Open Day, when the theatre hosts free workshops, performances and family activities.

"Bring along friends and family," says the group, adding: "Everyone is welcome!"

Events include the minute maestro, conducting classes, a costume workshop, recitals from this season's singers, stage make-up lessons and face painting.

City of London Sinfonia provides the orchestral support for the shows and is viewed as one of the UK's "best-regarded" groups.

Critics at the Independent gushed: "Make haste to Kensington because the moment Stuart Stratford launches the prelude with pristine and piquant articulation from the City of London Sinfonia there'll be a smile on your face."

Located within walking distance of High Street Kensington Tube station, Opera Holland Park is a short journey away from The Montcalm Hotel, via Marble Arch station and a changeover at Notting Hill Gate.

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