Nevill Holt Opera

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Nevill Holt Hall

Nevill Holt Opera is an arts festival at the end of June and beginning of July that is held at Nevill Holt Hall in Leicestershire, the home of Carphone Warehouse co-founder David Ross.


Nevill Holt Opera launched its first independent season in 2013 with a staging of The Magic Flute. The venue previously hosted Grange Park Opera.[1]

The annual event features a headline opera production as well as an open-air exhibition of contemporary British sculpture featuring artists such as Marc Quinn, Allen Jones and Peter Randall-Page.[2]

The opera company aims to celebrate young British talent and tries to cast young singers, offering them a chance to launch their career.[3][4]

A new 400-seat opera house in the stable block by architects Witherford Watson Mann opened in June 2018.[5] In July 2019, the new opera house made the shortlist for the Stirling Prize for excellence in architecture.[6]

The 2021 festival was held in the open air. The two operas performed were La Traviata and Don Giovanni.[7]


Nevill Holt Opera operates an education programme in partnership with music, design and drama teachers. It has worked with over 600 children in the local area, providing workshops and opportunities for children to see the dress rehearsals of the opera productions. Children of the Malcolm Arnold Academy in Northamptonshire were involved in helping to design the logo of the opera festival.[8]

The education programme is financed by the David Ross Foundation, the Garfield Weston Foundation and UBS Bank.[9]

Past productions[edit]


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  6. ^ "London Bridge station makes 2019 Riba Stirling Prize shortlist". BBC. 18 July 2019. Retrieved 18 July 2019.
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  11. ^ "Nevill Holt Opera Review: A quintessential English event". Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  12. ^ "Carmen at Nevill Holt, Leics". Retrieved 30 July 2015.
  13. ^ Le Nozze di Figaro, Nevill Holt, review: Lawson Anderson is irresistible in this splendid new venue's opening show
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  15. ^ Powder Her Face

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