London’s biggest opera fan steps downmain
The irrepressible Michael Volpe has announced he will retire at the end of this summer from running Holland Park Opera, the self-fuelled Kensington company that has put hard-core Italian verismo back on the British menu and given many UK singers an early career boost.
Mike, 54, has worked for the enterprise for more than 30 years, starting when it was operated by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. He recast it as Opera Holland Park in 1996 and in 2015 helped enable the company to become an independent charity.
He will be succeeded by James Clutton, his sidekick fo the past 20 years.