Sunday 2nd June 2013 (7pm)
at Queen Elizabeth Hall
an opera in two acts
Verdi's rarely heard eighth opera was his first for the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, in 1845. Cammarano, the resident poet, based his libretto on a play by Voltaire subtitled Les Américains, set in 16th-century Peru. The two acts both lead to notable ensembles, reflecting the violent Inca-Spanish conflict and a final unexpected gesture of mercy.
This concert performance in Italian with surtitles in English will be conducted by Gianluca Marcianò, with Majella Cullagh in the title role. The cast also includes Paolo Battaglia (Alvaro), Francisco Javier Borda ( (Ataliba), Paul Curievici (Ovamdo), Liora Grodnikaite (Zuma), Mark Holland (Gusmano), Jorge Navarro-Colorado (Otumbo) and Mario Sofroniou (Zamoro). You can read more about the opera here.
There will be a pre-performance talk by Simon Bainbridge, free for ticket holders, from 5.45 - 6.15pm in the hall.
Booking has started and tickets can be obtained from the Queen Elizabeth Hall or in person at the ticket office, Royal Festival Hall Foyer.
‘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.
For forthcoming performances see Future Plans
For booking information see Box Office page
For links to complete reviews of recent
performances see Reviews.