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Nevill Holt Opera

Award-winning opera in Leicestershire.

An Update from Nevill Holt Opera

We are deeply saddened to share that we have taken the difficult decision to postpone this year’s summer festival at Nevill Holt Opera.

The health and safety of everyone we work with at NHO, and of everyone in our audience, is extremely important to us. This is a worrying time for all. We can’t predict exactly what the situation will be in June, but official advice makes clear that it is very unlikely that we would be able to continue safely with our festival this summer. We are contacting all ticket holders for this summer’s festival.

We are very concerned by the impact that this postponement will have on Nevill Holt Opera, and on the brilliant artists and creatives who we work with. As a small festival, without public subsidy, we are doing our very best to find a way to support them at this challenging time and to ensure that Nevill Holt Opera continues to exist for seasons to come.

We are working hard to confirm a number of events and performances that will take place before next year’s festival, and are intending to present both La traviata and Don Giovanni as part of our summer festival in 2021.

We would like to thank everyone who has supported NHO this year, and look forward to welcoming you to Nevill Holt as soon as it is safe to do so.

Annie Lydford (Managing Director) and Nicholas Chalmers (Artistic Director)


New Theatre

Nevill Holt Opera opened the UK’s most unique and intimate opera theatre to widespread acclaim in June 2018. Since then, it has won multiple awards including a RIBA National Award 2019, and while shortlisted for the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize 2019 it scooped the popular People’s Vote. In a historic setting of outstanding beauty, the new theatre has been praised in the press as an ‘indisputable triumph’ and hailed as ‘Britain’s best opera venue’.

Designed for us by Stirling Prize winning architects Witherford Watson Mann, with theatre design experts Sound Space Vision creating our perfect acoustic, experience our new theatre for yourself by joining us for an event in our 2020 Season.

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Priority Booking for our Summer Season opens to Members on Thursday 9th January 2020.

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