Watch: the moving tribute to the victims of Grenfell Tower by Opera Holland Park

5 July 2017, 14:52

Opera Holland Park encore in memory of the Grenfell Tower victims

The case performed an aria from La Rondine, 'I’ll drink to your beautiful smile’


Debbie Lamprell, who died in the fire in West London, worked at Opera Holland Park. The cast performed this encore in tribute to her and all the victims of the tragedy

Opera Holland Park is near to the site of the Grenfell Tower tragedy and the company has been directly affected by the fire. Debbie Lamprell, a member of staff for the company, lost her life in the tragedy.

On 23 June, just over a week after the disaster, the cast of La Rondine at Opera Holland Park, performed an encore in tribute to all the victims of the fire.

The aria is ‘I’ll drink to your beautiful smile’ (‘Bevo al tuo fresco sorriso’) from Puccini’s La Rondine.

Soprano Elizabeth Llewellyn performs the lead role of Magda, tenor Matteo Lippi is Ruggero, soprano Tereza Gevorgyan is Lisette and tenor Stephen Aviss is Prunier.

Opera Holland Park has just announced that it will be staging a performance of Verdi’s Requiem on 1 August in support of the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire. Book tickets and find out more here.

In a joint statement, James Clutton (Director of Opera) and Michael Volpe (General Director) said:

“The best way we know to commemorate and help the victims of this disaster is to make music and so that is what we will do. There has been a lot of emotion in the company since the events of that day, and our friend and colleague is mourned deeply. The RPT deserve respect and admiration for everything they have been doing in the aftermath and we hope this event will provide the funds to help them continue their work in supporting the community.”

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