Opera Holland Park – London

Opera Holland Park

Opera Holland Park – London

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Opera Holland Park’s History

Holland Park is considered one of the most romantic and peaceful parks of West London. The northern half or so of the park is semi-wild woodland, the central section around the ruins of Holland House is more formal with several garden areas, and the southernmost section is used for sport.

Holland House is now a fragmentary ruin, having been devastated by incendiary bombing in 1940, but the ruins and the grounds were bought by London County Council in 1952 from the last private owner, the 6th Earl of Ilchester. Today the remains of the house form a backdrop for the open air Holland Park Theatre, which is the home of Opera Holland Park.

17th century    

Opera Holland Park’s history begins 1605 when Sir Walter Cope builds a Jacobean style house on a large piece of green land that later becomes known as Holland Park.

1950’s to 1986

The London County Council and then the GLC manage the park and house. Various performances of dance, music and theatre are staged.

1986 onwards

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea take over the management of the park and half-ruined castle and buy a canopy to put over the theatre space. Various visiting companies stage the first operas.


The Royal Borough decides to start its own opera company.

1996 – 2006


2008 – 2010

After scores of critically acclaimed operas and with an international orchestra in residency, Opera Holland Park is now firmly established as a leading player in London’s cultural scene and was named the Best Opera Company in the UK by The Sunday Times in 2010.

2011 – Present

Investec Opera Holland Park

OHP is generously sponsored by Investec Wealth & Investment. The company has a reputation for producing rare and unusual works and making them popular and successful.

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