With this song from South Pacific, we start a short sequence of weekly visits to the musicals. Richard Woodall is accompanied by Julian Barber in One Dream in my Heart, Emile's song from the second act (a song which is actually called This Nearly Was Mine). Having been rejected by Nellie who is shocked to discover that he has two children by his Polynesian first wife, Emile reflects what might have been.


South Pacific was a resounding success everywhere, not just because its songs brought the house down, but because of its frank treatment of racial prejudice, a difficult topic in 1947.


Details of our 2021/2022  Season here


Welcome to St Albans Chamber Opera's 32nd season.

SACO was founded in 1987 by opera singer Phyl Swindlehurst and music director David Ireson to provide performing opportunities for the many talented singers living in and around St Albans, Hertfordshire, 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.




SACO relies on the generosity of our supporters. There are two main ways in which you can show your support:

When you shop online, you can raise funds for SACO from your favourite online shops by shopping via The Giving Machine who will donate a small percentage of the amount you spend to SACO. It does not cost you anything, but every penny we raise helps us with our next production.

Click here to find out more about The Giving Machine.

SACO also has an active group of Friends and Patrons who, through a monthly donation, make a valuable contribution to the company. If you are a UK taxpayer, your donation may also be gift-aided, which helps even more. 

In return, you will be the first to hear about our events, and receive a discount voucher for our Spring production.