COG continues its exploration of early Verdi with Oberto, Conte di San Bonifacio. It was his first opera, written over a period of four years, and was first performed at the Teatro alla Scala, Milan in 1839, enjoying enough success for the theatre's impresario to commission two further operas from the young composer. Many of the Verdi familiars are here, including the complexities of father/daughter relationships, a historical setting, substantial use of the chorus and a storm. Set in Italy in 1228, the story concerns a deceitful womanizer, Count Riccardo, who seduces the daughter (Leonora) of his friend (Oberto). When Leonora reveals his deeds to Cuniza, Riccardo's betrothed, a series of events are set off that lead to Oberto killing the Count.
The performance will be conducted by Matthew Scott Rogers
with Anush Hovhannisyan as Leonora and Carolyn Dobbin as Cuniza. Further details will appear here in due course.
There will be a pre-opera talk for ticket holders 4:45-5:15pm
Tickets will be on sale for Oberto from the Cadogan Hall. Their box office is open to personal callers from Tuesday – Friday, 12pm - 6pm.
For forthcoming performances see Future Concerts
For booking information see Box Office page
For links to complete reviews of recent
performances see Reviews.
Our future concerts – Oberto and Orfeo ed Euridice – are planned to be full attendance seating, as expected to be compliant by then; with particular care to hygiene and safety generally in the venue.
Chelsea Opera Group's 70th Birthday last year had to go uncelebrated but there is a feature article about us in the October edition of OPERA magazine. (This is a subscription site)