Close your eyes and listen: the vivid musical storytelling of opera's finest composers can take you just about anywhere. In 2017, the CBSO, alongside some amazing guest singers and conductors, look forward to presenting full performances of three brilliant operas, live in the world-class acoustic of Symphony Hall.

Wednesday 8 February, 7.30pmSāvitriGUSTAV HOLST

The centuries-old story of Satvayān and Sāvitri, whose love transcends death in the heart of the forest. made the perfect fateful prelude to Holst's famous Planets.

Saturday 4 March, 7pmThe Yeomen of the GuardGILBERT & SULLIVAN

Through joy, heartbreak, satire and their famously hummable tunes, Gilbert & Sullivan transport you to 19th-century London with one their most popular comic operas, The Yeomen of the Guard. John Wilson conducts the CBSO and a talented cast for one performance only...

Saturday 24 June, 5pmIdomeneoWOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

A Cretan King makes a deadly deal with the sea-god Neptune - what follows is a tale full of passion and drama, expertly told by some of Mozart's most intense music. He's a favourite composer of Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, who conducts this finale to her first CBSO season.

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Love vocal music?

On 19 March the CBSO, CBSO Chorus and Simon Halsey CBE give you the chance to join in and be part of a one-off Singalong performance of Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah, written especially for Birmingham in 1846. Whether you’re a choral society veteran or have only ever sung it in the shower, you're welcome to join in! Learn more and book...

CBSO Chorus Director Simon Halsey CBE.
CBSO Chorus Director Simon Halsey CBE.