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Sunday 1st March 2015
at Queen Elizabeth Hall


Le roi de Lahore


Jules Massenet

Concert performance sung in French with English surtitles.

Le roi de Lahore, a fashionably oriental grand opera, was a notable success for the 34-year-old Massenet in the Paris of 1877. Unusually, the king of the title dies in Act 2, spends Act 3 in a Hindu paradise (along with a prominent saxophone), and returns to Earth in Acts 4 and 5 as a beggar, finally re-expiring in the arms of his beloved priestess. More...

The performance will be conducted by Renato Balsadonna. The king will be sung by Michael Spyres. Other members of the cast are William Dazeley, Justina Gringyte, Anush Hovhannisyan, Jihoon Kim, Robert Lloyd and Joshua Bloom. Further details will appear later.

There will be a pre-performance talk in the hall at 5.45 pm, to be given by Simon Bainbridge. This is free for ticket holders.

Tickets are now on sale for the rest of the season and can be booked via these links:
Le roi de Lahore: Queen Elizabeth Hall
Ernani: Queen Elizabeth Hall - for information about Ernani click 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 Plans

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For links to complete reviews of recent performances see Reviews.

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