St Albans Chamber Opera



Welcome to the 32nd Season of St Albans Chamber Opera, which started in October 2018 with sell out performances of An Evening with Gilbert and Sullivan, and there will be another opportunity to see the production in November in Harpenden. More Gilbert and Sullivan followed in March, with our main Spring production of Ruddigore. Our next production will a revival of An Evening with Gilbert and Sullivan at the end of November. We look forward to seeing you at one, or all, of our events.

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An evening with Mr WS Gilbert and Mr Arthur Sullivan

29th-30th November 2019, 8pm

St Leonard's Church, Sandridge (29th) (Directions) and St John's Church, Harpenden (30th) (Directions)

G&S Concert

A cornucopia of music and lyrics from these great ‘Savoyards’. The show features the SACO chorus and sundry soloists, ably accompanied at the pianoforte by Mr Julian Barber. The artistes performed excerpts from all the ‘Savoy’ collaborations of these distinctly British operettists, and all previous performances were sold out. Back by popular demand!

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SACO Tea Concerts

Autumn 2019-Spring 2020

Sundays 3pm to 4pm

St Stephen's Church Hall, Watling Street, St Albans, AL1 2PT


Open at 2:30 for a cup of tea and cakes in St Stephen's Church hall, St Albans. This year's programme:

17th November 2019 : Lina Saavedra (soprano) and Micheila Brigginshaw (piano). Rogers & Hamnmerstein and Back Again! Popular songs from shows.

9th February 2020 : Roger Mullis (countertenor) and Peter Margin (tenor) and Jonathan Saunders (baritone). Solos, duets and trios including Birtten's Abraham and Isaac and Journey of the Magi .

17th May 2020 : Bryony Burnham (soprano), David Woods (tenor) and Julian Barber (piano). All you need is love. Songs, arias and duets.

Tickets £12 from 01727 869069

The Merry Widow

by Franz Lehár

18th-21st March 2020

Abbey Theatre, St Albans, AL1 2DL

The Merry Widow

SACO presents a new English translation by Philip Salmon of Franz Lehar's extraordinary operetta. Centred around the titular rich widow and her countrymen's attempt to keep her money in the principality by finding her the right husband, the work was based on an 1861 comedy play, L'attaché d'ambassade (The Embassy Attaché) by Henri Meilhac. Directed by John Heath; conducted by David Ireson.

Gala night Wednesday 18th with free glass of wine and canapés.

Tickets £22.50 from Abbey Theatre (01727 857861). Booking open from January 2020.

St Albans Chamber Opera (SACO for short)

SACO was founded in 1987 by opera singer Phyl (Aver) Swindlehurst and Music Director David Ireson to provide performing opportunities for the many talented singers living in the area, and to involve young people in performing and attending opera. The company has a good reputation for providing first class music theatre on a small budget and is virtually self-supporting.

An annual production at the Abbey Theatre in the Spring is supplemented with studio performances, concerts and workshops in a variety of unusual and attractive venues.

To contact us Tel: 01727 869069 or e-mail

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46 Ramsbury Rd, St Albans, AL1 1SW

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