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In March 2024, we return to the Abbey Theatre with Verdi’s splendid opera La Traviata.

La Traviata is one of the most performed operas, famous for its rousing drinking song – a toast sung by Alfredo to his hostess Violetta whom he has secretly loved since he first saw her. As the party finishes, Alfredo professes his love to Violetta, convincing her to live a life of bliss in the countryside with him. Violetta feels faint, questioning if she should abandon the life of a Parisian courtesan for ‘true love’. Could this be an omen for the future?

The cast includes Hannah Dobra as Violetta (a memorable Queen of the Night in last year’s Magic Flute) and  Matthew Howard as Alfredo who has previously sung with Grange Park Opera. We welcome back Charles Naylor to sing Germont, and Arina Lernik joins us as Violetta’s friend, Flora.

John Heath directs, David Ireson conducts the SACO orchestra and Bob Grover will be designing the lighting.

Tickets now on sale from the Abbey Theatre Box Office.

We also have an exciting Tea Concert planned for the 25th February. See our What's On page for details.


Full Details of our 2023/2024Season 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.

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