When you like to enjoy a top-notch cultural festival while on vacation, the “Holders season” in Barbados could be just what you are looking for. Founded in 1993, the Holders Season is established as one of the premier cultural events in the Caribbean. Acclaimed nationally and internationally, the Holder season is a celebration of opera, music and theatre. more...
When you like to enjoy a top-notch cultural festival while on vacation, the “Holders season” in Barbados could be just what you are looking for. Founded in 1993, the Holders Season is established as one of the premier cultural events in the Caribbean. Acclaimed nationally and internationally, the Holder season is a celebration of opera, music and theatre. The production always plays to capacity houses and it's high artistic standard draws audiences from around the world. No wonder if you consider the fact that legends like Pavarotti, Sir Tim Rice and Lesley Garrett have performed here. With ticket prices as starting at $35 BSD (less than 20 USD), there is really nothing holding you back from checking out this or next years line up.
Although you can buy food and drinks before the performances and during intermission of most performances, most prefer to take a personal picnic baskets with wine and champagne in order to enjoy an uninterrupted, sophisticated night under the stars.
This years Holders Season is held from Saturday March 19th - Saturday April 2nd,2011.
Saturday 19th March Opening Night - Opera
The Well-Clipped Barber – a rapid fire, no holds barred dash through one of the greatest of all operas The Barber of Seville by Rossini. Featuring Canadian stars Mezzo Soprano Jennifer Elisabetta Fina and Tenor, Emilio Fina and baritone Douglas Tranquada from Opera Kitchener. The evening opens with the fast rising and thrilling UK ‘opera band’ BLAKE popularly known as ‘the classical fab Four’.
Monday 21st March Comedy Night - Ranier Hersch
A massive hit on his previous visit to Holders, the musician/comedian Hersch is a huge hit all around the world with shows that include All Classical Music Explained, Mozart Ze Komplete History and Ranier Hersch's Victor Borge.
Wednesday 23rd March Theatre - ART
A play by French playwright Yasmina Reza, (1996) boasts non-stop cross fire language on universal issues of life and Art. Brilliantly translated by Christopher Hampton, it’s premier performance at Holders features an all star cast of actors including Nigel Havers and Roger Lloyd-Pack.
Friday 25th March Comedy - Ruby Wax (USA) Losing it!
The live-wire comedienne Ruby Wax’s acerbic wit and worldly wisdom combined with Judith Owen’s touching and poignant songs create a show that is at once vulnerable and surprisingly thought-provoking as well as being laugh-out-loud funny.
Saturday 26th March The African Music Night
A double bill featuring Sekou Keita - the Senegalese master musician and Kora virtuoso with percussionist Surahata Susso, and from Cameroon the outstanding guitarist and singer and harmonica player, Muntu Valdo.
Monday 28th March Classical Night - Craig Ogden and Rosey Chan
Two international artists and two sides of classical music: Australian guitarist Craig Ogden, and the remarkable pianistic talents of Chinese pianist Rosey Chan. Rosey’s performance is accompanied by images and video clips by the Academy Award winning Director Mike Figgis.
Wednesday 30th March Jazz - Joe Stilgoe Trio
A night of swinging jazz and warm-honey vocals. Joe Stilgoe’s singing, piano playing and sense of humor have made him a fixture at jazz venues worldwide. The Trio has appeared at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s in London, the Royal Festival Hall, Montreux Jazz Festival, and in jazz clubs from New York to Berlin to Milan.
Saturday 2nd April Gala Night
Hallelujah Broadway (USA)
Two headline artists from the red hot centre of music and entertainment, New York’s Broadway. A genre busting experience including opera arias and duets, art songs, spirituals/folk, a special tribute to jazz piano vocalist "Fats Waller", musical comedy, Broadway and gospel.
String Fever (UK)
Truly astonishing, witty and imaginative music by Giles, Ralph, Graham & Neal Broadbent, a beat box and their quartet of electronic stringed instruments.