The Proms is an eight-week summer season of daily orchestral classical music concerts and other events held annually, predominantly in the Royal Albert Hall in central London. The Proms were founded in 1895, and are now organised and broadcast by the BBC. Each season consists of concerts in the Royal Albert Hall, chamber music concerts at Cadogan Hall, additional Proms in the Park events across the UK on the Last Night of the Proms, and associated educational and children’s events. The season is a significant event in British culture. In classical music, Jiří Bělohlávek described the Proms as “the world’s largest and most democratic musical festival”.
Exhibition at Design Museum (26 April – 15 September 2019)
Francesco Cilea 20 July – 2 August
Opera Holland Park’s acclaimed strand of operatic rarities continues with Francesco Cilea’s tragedy of desperate passion in the heat of rural Provence. First performed in 1897, L’arlesiana established the career of the great tenor, Enrico Caruso, and gave voice to a figure who would become central to Italian opera, the mother.
Ermanno Wolf FerrariPyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky 22 July – 3 August
Wolf-Ferrari’s delicious 1909 farce of marital misunderstanding and modern manners is contrasted with the turbulent Romanticism of Iolanta. A dark fairytale, Tchaikovsky’s final opera forms the second half of a double bill on the theme of secrets and lies.