was originally filmed as part of Opera Holland Park’s International Opera
Award-winning Inspire project to take opera to the community and
bring the community to opera. Designed to reach members of the community
who were unable to attend the theatre in person, the film will be shown
only once, free of charge, for everyone who is missing the buzz and
collective energy of live performance.
After the critical and popular success of their 2018 collaboration on La traviata, director Rodula Gaitanou and conductor Mathew Kofi
Waldren reunited to work on another Verdi tragedy, Un ballo in maschera, with City of London Sinfonia in the pit.
Designed by takis, with sets and costumes that moved the action from an
imagined 18th century to the glamour, tension and shadows of the
1940s, this production was seen by almost 10,000 people, and, in the OHP
Young Artists Schools’ Matinee performance, by approximately 1,000
French soprano Anne Sophie Duprels (Amelia), Italian tenor Matteo Lippi
(Gustavo) and British baritone George von Bergen (Anckarstrˆm) were joined
in the main cast by rising star and former OHP Young Artist Alison Langer
(Oscar), the distinguished mezzo-soprano Rosalind Plowright OBE (Madame
Arvidson) and baritones Benjamin Bevan (Ribbing), John Savournin (Horn) and
Ross Ramgobin (Cristiano), with the Opera Holland Park Chorus and City of
London Sinfonia. Lighting was by Simon Corder, with choreography by Steve
Elias and fight direction by Bret Yount.
Writing in The Observer, Howard Jacobson recounted his experience
of the opening night of OHP’s 2019 Un ballo in maschera:
“A sweet tenor, an agonised baritone, and two exquisite sopranos
navigated Verdi’s passages from lyricism to mockery with great
subtlety, sometimes alone, sometimes in twos, sometimes all at once. No
one beats Verdi at rendering the gorgeous cacophony of desire and rage.
The night quivered. The orchestra thrilled. The wind blew through the
grand marquee, and I became a devotee.”
Programme notes and a synopsis will be made available on the OHP website.