Michael Volpe is General Director and founder of Opera Holland Park, one of the UK's best loved opera festivals. From a working class background, Michael is a powerful example of how something as seemingly rarified as opera can be presented in a visceral and convincing way. His career has been almost entirely based on an evangelical zeal and desire to introduce everybody to the art form.
Michael is from an Italian immigrant family and has three children. He attended one of the most interesting and experimental schools of post-war Britain, Woolverstone Hall in Suffolk, about which he wrote his first book, Noisy at the Wrong Times (Hodder/Two Roads). The school challenged its pupils to think outside of their social backgrounds, to explore and exploit their natural intelligence and expose them to high art at an early age. Michael is a fervent advocate of cultural engagement for all. He is also a regular contributor to newspapers and websites and a commentator on opera and the arts in general. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Oxford Brookes University in June 2016.
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How My State Boarding School Saved Me - Telegraph 2015
We Need To Invent In Opera Audiences From the Age of Five - Standard 2016
Michael Volpe On A Requiem For Grenfell - The Arts Desk 2017
Books by Michael Volpe