La Traviata beats with a philanthropic heart

Opera Holland Park raises funds for MS Society’s Stop MS appeal

Soprano Lauren Fagan and tenor Matteo Desole will star in the performance of La Traviata
Soprano Lauren Fagan and tenor Matteo Desole will star in the performance of La Traviata

Enjoy gala opera for a wonderful cause on Tuesday June 19 when Opera Holland Park performs Verdi’s La Traviata to raise funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Stop MS appeal. The much-loved arias will be performed en plein air under the canopied theatre, against the backdrop of London’s Holland House – with Sydney-born soprano Lauren Fagan taking the role of ill-fated courtesan Violetta, following her performance as Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at the same venue last year, and Italian tenor Matteo Desole as her provincial lover Alfredo.

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Performance tickets are priced at £40-£120 per person and there will also be special fundraising dining events in two locations. A pair of convivial pre- and post-opera suppers, with courses either side of the performance, will be held in the atmospheric surrounds of the Belvedere, Holland House’s 17th-century former summer ballroom (£225, including opera tickets). The impressive John Pawson-designed atrium of the nearby Design Museum is the venue for a second dinner (£500): a gala event that begins with a pre-opera and interval drinks reception at Opera Holland Park and includes the best seats in the house from which to enjoy the performance.

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All proceeds will go towards financing cutting-edge research into this devastating autoimmune disease that scientists believe is at a crucial breakthrough point and can be furthered with a strategic investment of £100m.

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