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Cadogan Hall
Saturday 12th October 2019
at 7pm

Un giorno di regno


Giuseppe Verdi

Concert performance sung in Italian with English surtitles.

Frustrated lovers, the pursuit of money, inter-generational rivalry, and a false identity: Un giorno di regno has all the ingredients for a classic Italian comedy. But Un giorno di regno was a notorious failure at its world premiere and soon disappeared from the stage.

A new critical edition has revealed just how much care Verdi put into the work – re-directing attention to its succession of brilliant arias, comic mishaps and poignant emotion. The time is ripe for Verdi’s comedy to be heard again, reminding us all of the truths to be uncovered in mischievous fantasy.

The performance will be conducted by Tom Seligman with soloists John Savournin (Il Barone di Kelbar), Sarah-Jane Lewis (La Marchesa del Poggio), Paula Sides (Giulietta di Kelbar), Cardiff Singer of the World 2019 finalist Luis Gomes, (Edoardo di Sanval), Adrian Clarke (Signor La Rocca) and George von Bergen (Belfiore).

Ditlev Rindom will give a pre-performance talk for ticket holders at 5.45 pm in the 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 this concert are now available from from Cadogan Hall website and box office.
Tickets for both of the 2020 concerts at the QEH are also available now on the Southbank Centre website and from the box office here and 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

For booking information see Box Office page

For links to complete reviews of recent performances see Reviews.

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