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WS Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan

22nd & 23rd October 2021
4:30pm (23rd only); 8pm (both days)
Abbey Theatre, St Albans

Following the success of their previous G&S production, ‘An Evening with Mr WS Gilbert & Mr Arthur Sullivan’, we’re delighted to return to the Abbey Theatre with a new Gilbert and Sullivan evening.

The first half will be presented by SACO regulars Leila Saleh, Katy Bingham-Best, Peter Martin and Des Turner. After a libatious interval, the full company will perform a staged production of Trial by Jury – with some modern twists!

Book tickets here


St Albans Chamber Opera Tea Concerts

1st November 2021, 13th February 2022 & 15th May 2022
2:30 pm
St Stephen's Church Hall

On Sunday November 21st, we have our first live Tea Concert for some time at St Stephen's Church Hall.  Doors open at 2.30pm for a cup of tea and cakes.  Richard Woodall and Katy Bingham-Best have devised a special programme for us, Ah Yes, I remember it,… well? Julian Barber is once again playing for us.  

The next Tea Concert is on Sunday 13th February, 2022 when we have Julian Barber again with his duo partner Timothy Hewitt-Jones on the cello with a fascinating programme which includes Beethoven and Grieg, and finally on Sunday 15th May, 2022 Catrin Lewis and her pianist Louisa Lam have put together a programme of their favourite repertoire, My Favourite Things, with songs and arias both classical and popular.

Tickets sold on door.


Amahl and the Night Visitors
Gian Carlo Menotti

6th-8th January 2022
7pm (6th-7th); 4pm and 6pm (8th)
St Saviours Church, Sandpit Lane

In early January 2022 we are returning to one of our most popular productions, Menotti’s, Amahl and the Night Visitors. We haven’t performed this little gem of an opera for nearly 10 years.

More information and tickets to follow.



Franz Lehár

23rd to 26th March 2022
4:30pm (26th only); 7:30 pm (all days)
Abbey Theatre, St Albans

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.

Tickets to follow.