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Sunday 28th February 2016
at Cadogan Hall


Il trovatore


Giuseppe Verdi

Concert performance sung in Italian
with English surtitles.

Verdi's Il trovatore (The Troubadour) is an opera in four acts and was written in 1853 to an italian libretto largely written by Salvadore Cammarano, which was based on the play El Trovador (1836) by Antonio Garcia Gutiérrez and described as ‘a high flown, sprawling melodrama flamboyantly defiant of the Aristotlan unities, packed with all manner of fantastic and bizarre incident'. Il trovatore is one of Verdi's most popular and successful operas, appearing at number 20 (with 190 performances) on the Operabase list of the most performed operas worldwide from the 2008-09 season to the end of the 2012-13 season.

The performance will be conducted by Andrew Greenwood with Marianne Cornetti as Azucena. Further details will appear later.

There will be a pre-performance talk given by Simon Bainbridge, free for ticket holders, at 5.15pm.

Tickets are now on sale and can be booked at 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

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For links to complete reviews of recent performances see Reviews.

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