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Cadogan Hall
Saturday 17th June 2017
at 7pm




Giuseppe Verdi

Concert performance sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Nabucco, Verdi’s third opera, was premiered in 1842.  It was an enormous success and set the composer decisively on the career which would see him dominate Italian opera until Falstaff in 1893.  Nabucco is crucial to an appreciation of Verdi’s genius and contains much that would become typical of his later operas: an interest in men of power; an obsession with the relationship between father and daughter; the contrast between scenes of spectacle and scenes of intimacy; orchestration which ranges from the brash to the sparse; and a new way of writing for the baritone voice which was entirely his own.  Performances of Nabucco in London are surprisingly rare, so Chelsea Opera Group offers a welcome chance to hear what Verdi described as the opera with which his career began. More...

The performance will be conducted by Gianluca Marcianò with David Kempster (Nabucco), Helena Dix (Abigaille), Peter Auty (Ismaele) and David Soar (Zaccaria).

Simon Bainbridge will give a pre-performance talk for ticket holders at 5.45pm.

Tickets for the concert can be obtained from Cadogan Hall.


♫The Cimbasso – clarity for Verdi's low brass♫

A number of people in our audience have asked about the strange instrument which sometimes appears at the end of the trombone section.

Find out about it ...

'The Chelsea Opera Group holds a unique place in the history of British opera. ....' (&London magazine). Read the full article (pdf)which appeared in the Spring 2014 issue of &London magazine produced by Sunday Publishing for UK property partnership Strutt and Parker.

‘Chelsea Opera Group’s three concert performances a year are among London’s most joyful operatic events.’ Richard Nicholson  at Classical Source

"As for Elizabeth Woods, it is hard to provide a technical commentary to her nigh-on-perfect performance." (Mariana Romani reviewing Simon Boccanegra at MusicalCriticism.com). See Elizabeth Woods in Come in quest`ora bruna.

"Opera simply does not come much better than this: the Chelsea Opera Group’s concert performance of Verdi’s Macbeth was an unqualified triumph." (Evan Dickerson at Seen and Heard)

‘A great work superbly done. The conductor was Richard Bonynge...There was fine playing and choral singing.’ Tim Ashley in The Guardian  reviewing COG’s performance of Donizetti’s Belisario.

For forthcoming performances see Future Concerts

For booking information see Box Office page

For links to complete reviews of recent performances see Reviews.

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