Opera Holland Park (OHP) is pleased to announce that Investec Wealth & Investment has renewed its title sponsorship of the season for a further three years from 1st October 2016. This will take IW&I’s total period as the west London festival’s principal sponsor to nine years.

The significant deal comes at an exciting time for OHP, having transferred to charitable status in October 2015.

The three-year partnership will cover a period of time when OHP is also extending its reach; after its residency at The Linbury, ROH, with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, this year sees its first co-production (La Cenerentola, with Danish National Opera). Other potential collaborations are being explored for future years.

The 2016 Investec Opera Holland Park season opened last week, with Mascagni’s Iris. As well as announcing the renewal of IW&I’s sponsorship, OHP also announced its 2017 season.

David Bulteel, Executive Director, Investec Wealth & Investment, said;

“Opera Holland Park has been a fundamental, and highly successful, part of our sponsorship programme. Feedback from attendees and clients has been very positive and we are delighted to be able to continue our support for this wonderful initiative to 2019.”

Charles Mackay, Chairman, Opera Holland Park, said;

“As a company new to the independent charitable world, it is enormously encouraging that Investec Wealth & Investment will be with us for a further three seasons. It is a major contribution to helping us achieve our goal of a sustainable financial future for the company. Our Founders have been extremely generous too and taken together with this sponsorship, I and my fellow board members are optimistic for the future of the company. We are very grateful to Investec for choosing to continue to support work of creative, innovative, and challenging opera of the highest artistic quality.”

Michael Volpe, General Director, Opera Holland Park, said:

“At a time when opera and the arts are finding life as tough as ever, this show of faith by Investec Wealth & Investment sets a wonderful example to the corporate sector. The arts are a vital part of life in the UK and this continuing partnership helps us deliver on our accessibility aims, as well as supporting the creation of the work on our stage. As sponsors, Investec have always put our artistic work at the centre of the relationship and we believe that this in turn brings rewards for them, as well as for us too.”

“The arts have to find a way to work with business as well as harnessing the fantastic and growing philanthropy in the UK. Sponsors like Investec are fortunately extremely interested in sharing our accessibility aims – hence their additional support for the Investec Under 30s’ scheme – but the search for financial support is ceaseless.”

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