OHP is monitoring the COVID-19 situation carefully and will take any
measures necessary and possible next summer to ensure the safety of
audiences, performers and staff. The company still hopes to mount the 2020
productions at a later date, as the pandemic and artist schedules allow.
OHP is extremely grateful to its patrons, who have stepped up with
generosity of both spirit and purse, following the postponement of the 2020
season. Of those individuals who had bought tickets before performances
were cancelled, over 40% made either a full or part donation of the ticket
value, the majority with the benefit of Gift Aid, and many also made an
extra donation. Another 6% left funds with OHP as a credit for use at a
future date. A number of other individuals and institutions have made
generous donations to help in the current situation. This largesse has
helped OHP to meet some of the cost of paying a percentage of fees to all
those contracted for the 2020 season.
Inspire, OHP’s International Opera Award-winning education and outreach project,
is continuing to work throughout the current health crisis with local
partners including Age UK, using digital technology to reach isolated
communities. There have been musical afternoons and tea parties for older
audiences, and workshops for local schoolchildren. The annual Open Day went
ahead on Saturday 23 May, albeit virtually, with interactive online
workshops, music and activities for all the family.
OHP is tonight giving a free one-off screening for all of the acclaimed
2019 production of Un ballo in maschera, originally filmed as part of Inspire to reach members of the community unable to attend the theatre in person.
Watch from 7:30pm via OHP’s website or YouTube channel.