Julian Hope, 2nd Baron Glendevon

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Julian John Somerset Hope, 2nd Baron Glendevon (6 March 1950 – 29 September 2009) was a British opera producer and nobleman.


Julian Hope was the elder son of Lord John Hope, later 1st Baron Glendevon and his wife, the former Mary Elizabeth Maugham, who was previously married to Vincent Paravicini and was the only child of novelist W. Somerset Maugham by his then mistress and later wife, Syrie Wellcome, daughter of the founder of Barnardo's. His godfather was Anthony Eden (1897-1977) and his godmother was Mrs. Paul Mellon (1910-2014).[1] He had one sibling, Jonathan, and two half-siblings, Camilla and Nicholas Paravicini. The latter's son is Derek Paravicini, the blind autistic savant and musical prodigy.

He succeeded to his father's title in 1996.

Lord Glendevon was educated at Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford.[2] He was resident producer at Welsh National Opera 1973-79 and associate producer at Glyndebourne Festival Opera 1974–81. His work was also seen at the Wexford Festival, San Francisco Opera, Dallas Opera and Paris.

He also worked in film and television, supervising the musical scores for Princess Caraboo and Onegin.[2]

He never married, and on his death his title passed to his younger brother, Jonathan Hope.[2]


  1. ^ Samuel J. Rogal (1997). A William Somerset Maugham Encyclopedia. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 95. ISBN 978-0-313-29916-2.
  2. ^ a b c "Julian Hope Obituary; Opera director and grandson of Somerset Maugham brought about a revival of the writer's works". The Guardian - Online. United Kingdom. 4 November 2009. Retrieved 3 July 2017.


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Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Baron Glendevon
Succeeded by