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"Love, Betrayal, Death" (in Italian Opera) - City of London

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St Giles Cripplegate

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'Love, Betrayal, Death'

Come with us on a musical extravaganza where tenor Yuri and sopranos Monique and Luciana draw us into a fantastical world of love and romance, of envy and betrayal, of tragedy and death. Our stars will delight you with their glorious voices and superb technique as they perform songs portraying a huge range of emotions, from the greats of Italian music.

Featuring arias from best loved operas such as The Barber of Seville, La Traviata, La Boheme, Rigoletto and L'Elisir d'Amore written by the finest composers of Italian opera including Donizetti, Rossini, Puccini and Verdi, this concert will be a treat for music lovers and opera lovers in particular - staged in the beautiful setting of St Giles' Cripplegate Church! The singers will be accompanied on the Steinway Grand piano by accomplished pianist Caroline Jaya-Ratnam. Concert goers will also enjoy a mini wine tasting, PLUS a complimentary glass of wine or fruit juice with tasty snacks during the intermission. Not to be missed!

Arias will include:

  • 'Si mi chiamano Mimi' [La Boheme, by Puccini]
  • 'Una voce poco fa' [The Barber of Seville, by Rossini]
  • 'Sempre libera' [La Traviata, by Verdi]

and many more!


We are delighted to include in our stunning programme, an opening virtuoso Italian opera-related piano piece by emerging, talented Italian pianist Umberto Jacopo Laureti! He will set the mood for our evening of thrilling operatic arias from the Italian great composers.

Update 8th April 2018 - Special Dinner Offer at Osteria (Searcy) Restaurant, Barbican

As an added attraction, ticket-holders to our ’Love, Betrayal, Death’ (in Italian Opera) concert can take advantage of a special post-concert dinner offer at Osteria (part of Searcy's) Italian restaurant - an elegant modern Italian restaurant in London (located at Level 2 of the Barbican Centre, just across the lake from St Giles' Church), serving delicious quality ingredients-focused Italian dishes.

Osteria have designed specially for us, a 3 course dinner menu - glass of sparkling wine as an aperitif, starter, main and dessert - for only £25 (plus 12.5% discretionary service) . The set menu offers a choice of each course (see below for detailed menu)


17:45 Doors open for mini wine tasting

19:00 Concert Begins with opening piano piece followed by first half of operatic arias

19:40 Intermission for refreshments, including glass of quality Italian wine (or fruit juice) and snacks

20:25 Second half of concert of operatic arias

21:05 (approx) End of concert

21:15 [Optional: 3 course dinner at Osteria restaurant (Barbican Centre) - see menu below]

21:45 Close


Standard Ticket (£30.00) All adult ticket holders are entitled to mini wine tasting (of 3 wines) before start of concert, a glass of wine or fruit juice and snacks during the Intermission, programme booklet, plus a £5 voucher towards future purchase of a case of 6 x 75 cl bottles of Italian wine from GS Wines. Qualify for special post-concert dinner offer at Osteria restaurant (see above for details)

Premium ticket (£40.00) in addition to Standard Ticket offering, entitles ticket holder to seating in front five row seats (closer to the performers), glass of premium Italian wine (e.g. Barolo, Award-Winning Sauvignon Blanc, Champagne-style Sparkling Falanghina), meet the artists in person, and a further £5 voucher (£10 vouchers in total) towards future purchase of a case of 6 x 75 cl bottles of Italian wine from GS Wines. Qualify for special post-concert dinner offer at Osteria restaurant (see above for details)

N.B. Early Bird discount of £2.50 for each adult ticket type applies until 23:59 on 13th April 2018. Concession: childen under age of 18 years, accompanied by adult, £5.00 per cihld.

Artists' Biographies

Luciana Di Bella is a lyrical soprano from Sicily, Italy with a velvety voice, who graduated in lyrical singing with top marks at the Conservatory of Music “Antonio Scontrino” in Trapani. Luciana debuted in opera with Traviata in 2008 and performs around Italy demonstrating a full vocal versatility that encompasses sacred music, opera, chamber and jazz. Luciana has 10 years of experience in teaching singing and vocal technique in private studio and in academies and organizations. She had international teaching experience (master classes of opera singing, diction and interpretation at the classical music department of the University of Agder - Norway). She also has 20 years of experience in performing: concerts, stages, clubs, festivals, theatres, TV, private parties, recordings.

Monique Loricchio Klongtruadroke, who has an Italian / Thai heritage, is a coloratura soprano and a top graduate from the Conservatoire “B. Marcello” in Venice (Italy). She has an international singing career that has taken her to Italy, UK, USA, Australia, Myanmar and Thailand. She sang for the King of Thailand and in other Royal Command Performances also aired on Thai national television. A highlight in her operatic repertoire, the Queen of the Night in Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” received enthusiastic reviews. Monique's repertoire is very varied - covering not just operatic arias but also the genres of sacred, baroque and chamber music, musical theatre, folk and Neapolitan songs. Her great versatility extends to an ability to sing in many languages including French, Spanish, Thai, Hebrew and Russian.

Born and bred in Rome, Yuri Sabatini moved in London in 2003 and since his professional UK debut in 2008, he has established his reputation as a versatile artist with a beautiful tone of voice, expressive singing and convincing interpretation. He has played leading roles on stage in many operas, including Carmen, Lucia di Lammermoor, La Sonnambula and The Tempest. Yuri appears regularly on the concert platform throughout England and Germany, providing entertainment for exclusive parties, weddings, private functions and corporate events. Recently he performed songs of the late, great American-Italian Mario Lanza in a sell-out concert at Burgh House. Singing teacher by vocation, he coaches voice and Italian pronunciation to individuals and choirs, but also finds the time to generously support charity events.

Following her Masters degree (Cambridge University) Caroline Jaya-Ratnam was appointed Junior Fellow at the Royal College of Music. Television appearances have included accompanying world renowned opera singers inclduing tenor, Rolando Villazon, baritone Bryn Terfel and soprano Danielle de Niese. She has appeared at the Royal Albert Hall in numerous Proms as part of the London Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra. Accomplished concert pianist, accompanist, violinist and singer Caroline was awarded her Masters degree in music (Cambridge University). She has appeared on TV accompanying world renowned opera singers and she has appeared at the Royal Albert Hall in numerous Proms as part of the London Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Umberto Jacopo Laureti is an emerging award-winning Italian pianist currently studying for his Phd at the Royal Academy of Music. He has performed both as a soloist and chamber musician at renowned venues all over Europe including Teatro La Fenice in Venice and the Royal Albert Hall in London. His performances have been broadcast live by Rai Radio Tre (Italy).

Link to Umberto's website:


SPECIAL SET MENU - 3 course Dinner plus aperitif of sparkling wine for only £25 per head

Gnocchi, spiced tomato sauce, smoked mozzarella, basil
Italian cured meat board, crisp bread, olive and garlic tapenade
Ham broth, spring greens, soft boiled hen’s egg

Main courses
Chestnut mushroom risotto, baby spinach, parmesan
Seared sea bream, wilted greens, mussels, sun-dried tomato pesto
Wild boar ragu, tagliatelle pasta, soft herbs

Buttermilk panna cotta, blueberry compote, oat crumble
Pear tart, pistachio ice cream
Selection of homemade ice creams and sorbets

The following side dishes are available (at extra charge)

Crispy zucchini fries, tomato dipping sauce (£4.50)
Green beans, garlic (£4.50)
Mixed leaf salad 3.50 / Tomato and onion salad (£3.50)
Roast heritage potatoes, rosemary, garlic (£4.50)

[Of course, instead of the special promotional offer, you can opt for the full a la carte menu, if you wish.]


Thank you to our supporters and sponsors:

  • GS Wines Importer of quality Italian wines & organiser of wine tasting & other events
  • Beacon Italy Business consultancy (based in Milan) & promoter of Italian products. A Supporting Member of the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the UK.
  • Eaton Green Professional independent estate agents offering sales, lettings, commercial property, finance and mortgages in London.
  • HATHOR A cultural insititution based in Sicily.

"Fine wines deserve fine music" (and vice versa)

We look forward to the pleasure of your company!


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

No children under the age of 5 years. Under 18 years' need to be accompanied by an adult.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The nearest tube station is Moorgate. Turn right out of Moorgate station and walk along Moorgate until you get to the traffic lights. Turn right onto London Wall and then bear right into Fore Street. Keep walking past the Wood Street Pub and inot theBarbican precincts - and St Giles' is straight in front of you. [6 minutes' walk]

See link to map here

The closest point by taxi is Wood Street. Disembark at the Wood Street Pub and turn left into the Barbican precincts - and St Giles' is straight in front of you [2 minutes' walk].

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

If you have any questions about the event, including pricing structure and concessions, please email or phone the event organiser, Gordon Stuteley

Email: Gordon Stuteley on gstuteley@gmail.com

Phone: 07866 440162

Who are GS Wines?

GS Wines is a small importer of high quality Italian wines, mainly from small family run wineries. We like to bring together the good things from Italy - fine wines, beautiful music and delicious foods!

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