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Friday 3rd July 2015
at Queen Elizabeth Hall




Giuseppe Verdi

Concert performance sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Verdi's fifth opera, written in 1844, was his first collaboration with librettist Piave. It was an instant success. Based on a play by Victor Hugo, it is notable for dramatic confrontation and what George Bernard Shaw called 'the fierce noon-day sun' of the score. More...

The performance will be conducted by Robin Newton with Gwyn Hughes Jones in the title role and Helena Dix as Elvira. Further details will appear later.

Tickets are now on sale and can be booked at Queen Elizabeth 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 Plans

For booking information see Box Office page

For links to complete reviews of recent performances see Reviews.

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