About the Museum
Nevill Holt Opera is an award-winning summer opera festival held in June and July at Nevill Holt Hall and the surrounding estate in Leicestershire, a historic setting of outstanding beauty, beautiful landscaped gardens and outstanding sculpture.
Founded in 2013 by estate owner and businessman David Ross, the annual festival launched its first independent season with a staging of The Magic Flute and each year is committed to casting and working with young opera singers in its headline opera productions as part of Nevill Holt Opera’s long-term mission to support young talent.
In June 2018, Nevill Holt Opera opened the UK’s most unique and intimate opera theatre to widespread acclaim, being praised as an ‘indisputable triumph’ and hailed as ‘Britain’s best opera venue’. Set within the estate’s Grade II* Listed courtyard, the new 400-seat theatre was designed by Stirling Prize winning architects Witherford Watson Mann with acoustics provided by theatre design experts Sound Space Vision.
The estate’s open-air exhibition of outstanding modern sculpture features British artists such as Antony Gormley, Marc Quinn, Allen Jones and Peter Randall-Page, set amongst stunning landscaped gardens designed by RHS Chelsea gold medal winner Rupert Golby. Nevill Holt Opera also offers a plethora of dining experiences, with guests welcome to enjoy their own picnics within the grounds or in private pavilions or dine at the communal dining tables at the Kitchen Garden, curated by guest chef Ben Tish (Saltyard, The Stafford). New for 2019, guests will also be able to enjoy a three-course gourmet dining experience in Nevill Holt Opera’s pop-up restaurant managed by event caterers Payne & Gunter.
As well as delivering a nationally celebrated opera festival, Nevill Holt Opera runs an Education Programme which aims to enrich lives and empower young people through music and the arts. An important strand of the Programme is Nevill Holt Opera’s partnership with the David Ross Education Trust, which sees the company delivering opera workshops to a network of 35 local schools to ensure that talented children of all backgrounds are given the opportunity to achieve their potential. Nevill Holt Opera also operates a Young Artist’s Programme which helps young artists to transition from full-time education to a professional career and puts on community-wide events which seek to broaden the range of communities who engage with opera as participants and spectators.
(Photo: Courtesy of Nevill Holt Opera)