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Opera Holland Park: A Gala Concert for Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

June 20 - July 11

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

Opera Holland Park hosts a Gala Concert to celebrate the 80th birthday of legendary New Zealand lyric soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, famous for her luminous portrayals of Mozart, Strauss and Verdi heroines. It will feature performances by alumni of the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation who have been so generously supported over the years. Artists include Thomas Atkins (last seen at Opera Holland Park as Lensky in Eugene Onegin, 2022), Claire Barnett-Jones, Madison Nonoa, Phillip Rhodes, Madeleine Boreham (Opera Holland Park Young Artist, 2023) , Samson Setu and New Zealand baritone Julien Van Mellaerts, with Gary Matthewman on the piano. Ticket price include entrance to a post-show drinks reception with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.

Earlier in the day, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa holds a masterclass (3.30pm). She will share a lifetime of experience in opera and concert with members of the 2024 cohort of Opera Holland Park Young Artists, working on repertoire of their choice. This public masterclass offers a fascinating insight into the private discipline of preparing to perform in public, addressing technical and interpretive questions and building the resilience needed by those at the start of their careers.

Opera in Song returns… Curated by New Zealand baritone Julien Van Mellaerts and pianist Dylan Perez, the Opera in Song recital series returns to Opera Holland Park for its fourth year, with three recitals from established and emerging singers and pianists, including the public masterclass with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, and a gala concert in celebration of her 80th birthday.

The series will continue on 18, 20 and 21 July with performances by artists including Harriet Burns, Nicky Spence, Julien Van Mellaerts, former BBC Radio Three New Generation Artists Helen Charlston and Benjamin Appl, the Opera Holland Park Young Artists, and pianists Dylan Perez and Ian Tindale.

Ballads and Legends, 7pm, 18 July… Mezzo-soprano Helen Charlston, baritone Julien Van Mellaerts and pianist Dylan Perez explore the human relationship with the sea in songs and duets by Charles Stanford, Rebecca Clarke, Carl Loewe, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Paolo Tosti, and Haydn’s dramatic scena Arianna a Naxos. The programme includes the world premiere of Oded Zehavi’s Songs of the Sea, a sequence of songs commissioned by Julien Van Mellaerts, with lyrics by the New Zealand poet Bill Manhire, the British poet Laura Attridge, and the French poet Claire Simon.

Booking opening dates

Jubilee Society, Major Donors, Founders, Benefactors, Ambassadors and Envoys: 7 February, 10am
Gold Members: 14 February, 10am
Silver Members: 21 February, 10am
Friends: 4 March, 10am
General booking: 6 March, 10am



June 20
July 11
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Opera Holland Park
37 Pembroke Road
London, W8 6PW
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