Manon Lescaut c Ewelina Koszykowska for Opera Holland Park

Manon Lescaut c Ewelina Koszykowska for Opera Holland Park



WHERE? Opera Holland Park Theatre, Kensington, London W8 6LU

WHEN? 4th June - 3rd August 

WHY GO?  To quaff fizz and listen to gorgeous music outdoors, come rain or shine!  With the festival season coming up, even first-time opera goers will love London’s most prestigious outdoor theatre in the heart of Holland Park. Seats are comfy; take a picnic (but you need to book a table) or treat yourself to the picturesque Belvedere restaurant’s pre opera menu beforehand. Check, Tchaikovsky, Cilea, Verdi and of course Puccini, are all on the summer programme. What would opera be without the Italian favourites and this summer Puccini’s  opera is the thrilling Manon Lescaut.  But if opera’s really not your thing,The Royal Ballet School have a short summer series in July.

IN THE KNOW Not all opera costs a fortune, check out the INSPIRE ticket scheme, where £20 tickets (on line booking only) are available to all, with a limit of two per production and four per season for each individual.