"O Isis und Osiris" is from Act 2 of Mozart's "The Magic Flute" in which Sarastro invokes the gods Isis and Osiris to protect Tamino and Pamina as the undergo the trials of wisdom which will lead to their enlightenment. In this Virtual Tea Concert, recorded in their homes, Des Turner is accompanied by Julian Barber.

Des has appeared numerous times on stage and in concert with St Albans Chamber Opera. His recent roles with SACO include the evil Baron Scarpia in Puccini's "Tosca" and the equally evil, yet witty, Sir Despard Murgatroyd in "Ruddigore". Julian Barber accompanies most Tea Concerts, SACO rehearsals and concerts.


Details of our 2020/2021 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.


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