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Queen Elizabeth Hall
Sunday 24th March 2019
at 6:30pm



Arrigo Boito

Concert performance sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Although now better known as the librettist of Verdi's Otello, Arrigo Boito was a fine composer in his own right. For his opera on Goethe's Faust he produced a string of beautiful arias and stirring choruses. He uses a large orchestra to conjure up heaven, hell and everything in between.

The performance will be conducted by Matthew Scott Rogers. Vazgen Gazaryan will sing the title role. The other soloists are Elizabeth Llewellyn (Margarita and Elena), Pablo Bemsch (Faust) Aaron Godfrey-Mayes (Wagner and Nereo) and Angharad Lyddon (Marta and Pantalis).

There will be a pre-performance talk for ticket holders at 5.30pm by Simon Bainbridge in the Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Libretto Copies of a libretto may be obtained up to a month in advance, price £5.00 to include p+p, from: Alastair Gordon, 27 Lawn Terrace, London SE3 9LL. Cheques should be made out to ‘Chelsea Opera Group’. Some copies will be available at the Hall on the night of the performance.

Tickets for the concert are now available from from Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Tickets are also on sale for the following concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall:
Sunday 30th June 2019 – The Demon (Anton Rubinstein), conductor Oliver Zeffman. - book here.

'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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