Opera Holland Park’s new film of William Walton’s The Bear is thoroughly entertaining

United KingdomUnited Kingdom Walton, The Bear: Soloists, Members of City of London Sinfonia (Fran Hills [piano], Ruth Funnell [violin], Christopher Rawley [bassoon], Stephanie Beck [harp] and Glyn Matthews [percussion]) / John Andrews (conductor). Filmed at Stone House during April 2020 and streaming from 9 to 13.11.2021 (click here). (JPr)

Richard Burkhard (Smirnov) and Clare Presland (Popova)

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Opera Holland Park’s ‘Pay What you Feel’ screenings of William Walton’s The Bear

Opera Holland Park releases a new online production of William Walton’s The Bear

‘If there’s going to be equality between the sexes, then let us have it!’

Richard Burkhard (Smirnov), Clare Presland (Popova), John Savournin (Luka) and John Andrews (conductor) in The Bear © Laima Arlauskaite

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An angry creditor, a reclusive widow, a loyal servant and a pair of pistols are the ingredients for an unlikely romance in William Walton’s adaptation of Chekhov’s comedy.

Filmed and recorded live on location in Stone House over two days in April 2021, Walton’s witty one-act opera reunites the cast and creative team of Opera Holland Park’s acclaimed 2019 production of Il segreto di Susanna.

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