G.Verdi Un Ballo in Maschera
Opera Holland Park
" This is a director who understands how to use three dimensions, how to energise characters, how to create convincing stage logic from improbable situations and how to guide the eye of her audience through a busy expanse of space"
"None of these things happen by chance... They require an eye that’s steeped in operatic stagecraft..."
"Rodula Gaitanou's production is a winner"
"There are treats in this production whichever way you turn."
"Fortitude and finess"
"Rodula Gaitanou’s thoughtful new production for Opera Holland Park treads a delicate line between heart and horror, keeping its feet even as the story and its protagonists start their dizzy whirl into the climactic final dance-to-the-death."
"Gaitanou’s thought-provoking insights will withstand many a viewing, revealing layer upon layer of depth."
" A superb Un Ballo in Maschera at Opera Holland Park"
"Ballo needs committed theatricality and Rodula Gaitanou’s staging in takis’s effective and flexible designs certainly provides this."
Set and Costume design takis
Lighting design Simon Corder
Choreography Steve Elias
Fight direction Bret Yount
Assistant director: Rebecca Meltzer
Conductor Matthew Kofi Waldren
Chorus Master Richard Haker
Gustavo Matteo Lippi
Amelia Anne Sophie Duprels
Anckarström George von Bergen
Oscar Alison Langer
Madame Arvidson Rosalind Plowright
Ribbing Benjamin Bevan
Horn John Savournin
Cristiano Ross Ramgobin
Servant Mike Bradley
Un Giudice Ian Massa-Harris
Opera Holland Park chorus
City of London Sinfonia
photos by Ali Wright, Simon Corder and Bill Knight