Saturday22nd October 2016
Concert performance sung in English.
Bust of Borodin at his tomb in Tikhvin Cemetery. The musical notation in the background includes the theme from "Gliding Dance of the Maidens" from Polovtsian Dances.
Borodin based his Prince Igor on a 12th-century Russian epic. The opera tells a story of heroism and treachery during Igor’s campaign against the invading Polovtsian tribes. Borodin worked on the opera on and off for 18 years and left it unfinished at his death in 1887. It was completed by Rimsky-Korsakov and Glazunov and given its first performance three years later. This is a rare opportunity to hear one of the greatest Russian operas whose beautiful music includes the much-loved Polovtsian Dances. More...
The performance will be conducted by Jessica Cottis. The cast includes David Kempster (Igor), Lee Bisset (Yaroslavna), Joshua Bloom (Galitsky), Emma Carrington (Konchakovna) and Andrew Rees (Vladimir). Further details of the cast will appear in due course.
A flyer (pdf) for the concert can be downloaded here.
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.
'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
‘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.
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