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Cadogan Hall
Sunday 8th November 2020


The forced cancellation of IDOMENEO was sad but did not daunt our spirits. After a lot of work and planning, and studying all the official guidance, instead – we offer– a CONCERT OF LIVE OPERA MUSIC with invited top Soloists and selected Players from Chelsea Opera Group’s own Orchestra, performing in front of a real LIVE audience – which you can be part of if you act quickly. Tickets available only from Cadogan Hall’s own website at www.cadoganhall.com at £30 plus booking fee.

Led by conductor Gary Matthewman, it will follow all Covid rules and provide safety and comfort for patrons while bringing the excitement of opera back to live stage after the long arduous summer without music. It will MAKE OPERA LIVE AGAIN and is on Sunday 8th Nov, from 5pm-6.30pm.  For the complete programme (pdf) click here.

International star, Helena Dix (above), Soprano, returns to sing with us and also making a repeat appearance are the renowned Tenor Christopher Turner, and ever-admired Mezzo Catherine Carby. Completing the quartet is superb Baritone Julien van Mellaerts in his first appearance for Chelsea Opera Group.  The programme includes aria and ensembles from popular works by Mozart, Donizetti, Bellini and Verdi.

TICKETS went on sale on Thursday and by the weekend the Stalls were mostly gone. The Gallery will sell fast too. We can only seat 267 patrons to keep within safety limits, instead of the usual 900 so demand is intense. Please do not delay if you want to be part of this exciting evening.


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

For booking information see Box Office page

For links to complete reviews of recent performances see Reviews.

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