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Michael Volpe

Michael was founder and General Director of the acclaimed London festival Opera Holland Park for 31 years. His 2015 autobiography ‘Noisy at the wrong times’ was named on the Sunday Times ‘100 Biographies to Love’ list and told the story of his remarkable school experiences at Woolverstone Hall, a unique institution often referred to as ‘the poor man’s Eton’.

Volpe is a fervent advocate of arts and cultural experiences for all and has made several acclaimed and award winning short films following the experiences of people into the world of opera. He continues to be an outspoken commentator on the arts.

After taking early retirement from OHP, Volpe has returned to the world of opera in order to create a new model of opera company with Iford Arts, with particular emphasis on remodelling the industry ecology in the aftermath of the pandemic. He also works with social charity Nova and continues to have great interest in social progression and the propagation of opportunities for all. 

He is a crisis counsellor volunteer for the charity SHOUT 85258 and has a deep interest in mental health issues, particularly of performers.

Genres: Memoir, Non-Fiction

Michael's book

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