Friday, 26 July 2019

Opera Holland Park - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ reviews and a first look at L'arlesiana

News from
Opera Holland Park
July 2019
We're proud to share some of the reviews for our production of Cilea's tragedy, L'arlesiana

“Cilea’s emotionally affecting melodrama L’arlesiana, a favourite here, has returned with sensitive conducting by Dane Lam and impassioned performances by Samuel Sakker, Yvonne Howard and Fflur Wyn gracing a forceful and lucid production by Oliver Platt…”
Rupert Christiansen, The Telegraph ★★★★★

“The most emotionally affecting performance of Oliver Platt’s production is Yvonne Howard as Federico’s mother, Rosa Mamai. With Esser Madre è un Inferno – “It’s hell being a mother”, she gives a masterclass in anguish, appealing to the heavens to save her son from suicide but failing to prevent the tragedy.”
Amanda Holloway, The Stage ★★★★

“Oliver Platt’s new staging for Opera Holland Park is sincere and unaffected — a single, realistic set in which the drama emerges naturally from character and circumstance.”
Richard Bratby, The Spectator ★★★★

“It is hard to imagine this opera being given a more sympathetic or more convincing production.”
Richard Whitehouse, Classical Source ★★★★★
“The revelation of the evening is soprano Fflur Wyn, an OHP regular who always delights with her easy presence and crystal-clear voice, but as Vivetta she unveils a richness that makes us doubly frustrated with the dolt who cannot see from the start how happy he could be with her." Claudia Pritchard, Culture Whisper ★★★★

“In the hands of Cilea, and indeed director Oliver Platt, [the story of L’arlesiana] feels both moving and believable as it shows how obsession can take hold to such an alarmingly destructive degree.”
Sam Smith, MusicOMH ★★★★

With just four performances left to catch this production (25, 27, 31 July and 2 August) make sure you don't miss out.
A first look at L'arlesiana

If you missed the chance to see the first performance of L'arlesiana last Saturday, you can take a look at this photo gallery for a taster of the new production directed by Oliver Platt and designed by Alyson Cummins.
L'arlesiana tells the tragic story of Federico, a young man who has fallen in love with a girl from Arles. When he finds out that she has taken another lover, he is driven to despair, while his family desperately watch on and try to help.