George Jackson rehearses Figaro with Opera Holland Park. Photo: Bill Knight (detail) View full image

George Jackson conducts Figaro

George Jackson conducts the new Opera Holland Park production of The Marriage of Figaro, which opens next week. For the new season, the auditorium has been entirely remodelled by set designer takis, who also designed the costumes, in order to be Covid-safe, with more space both for singers and audience members. The production is directed by Oliver Platt and stars graduates of the company's Young Artists programme, Elizabeth Karani, Nardus Williams and Julien Van Mellaerts.

In Opera Holland Park's From the Producer's Office podcast, Jackson explained one of the challenges of conducting Mozart: 'He's so young as a composer. He was always young because he died so early, and that makes it difficult. It tends to be the sort of opera you work on in a young part of your career, for singers as well... The challenge is that you still need to be developed artistically to deal with the fact that even though the music seems so youthful and seems so simple and easy on the page, it's so much more enormous than that.'

He explained his reading of the opera to Robert Hugill for Planet Hugill.

The Marriage of Figaro runs from 1 to 28 June and is entirely sold out.