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Princess Ida (Act 2) - D'Oyly Carte - Gilbert & Sullivan
The Complete Plays of Gilbert and Sullivan
Gilbert and Sullivan refers to the Victorian-era theatrical partnership of the dramatist W. Gilbert — and the composer Arthur Sullivan — and to the works they jointly created. The two men collaborated on fourteen comic operas between and , of which H. Gilbert, who wrote the libretti for these operas, created fanciful "topsy-turvy" worlds where each absurdity is taken to its logical conclusion—fairies rub elbows with British lords, flirting is a capital offence, gondoliers ascend to the monarchy, and pirates emerge as noblemen who have gone astray. Their operas have enjoyed broad and enduring international success and are still performed frequently throughout the English-speaking world.
Sergeant Bouncer is renting a room to Mr Box, a printer who works at night, and to Mr Cox, a hatter who works by day. Returning home Mr Cox is horrified to find Mr Box asleep in his bed! Much hilarity follows as Sergeant Bouncer tries to sort out the mess. Sullivan provides a preview to the masterpieces he would later write with Gilbert. This is a gem of a mini-opera, and will bring much amusement and delight in this new production.
It was established at Boise State University in and moved to its present home in The buttons on the left will take you to the resources we have relating to the fourteen operas on which Gilbert and Sullivan collaborated. As well as collaborating on the operas, both Gilbert and Sullivan produced work independently, and the buttons above lead to the resources relating to those works such as librettos, scores, contemporary reviews MIDI files and production pictures. Richard D'Oyly Carte was the impressario who turned Gilbert and Sullivan into big business, and the D'Oyly Carte button leads to information about his family, the opera company he founded and the Savoy Theatre which he built to produce them. There are also pages devoted to the Curtain Raisers which were performed along side the Gilbert and Sullivan Operas and other operas produced at the Savoy Theatre in the s. As supplements to the Gilbert and Sullivan Archive there is a section devoted to British Musical Theatre and American Musical Theatre of the 19th and early 20th centuries. We have also incorporated David Trutt's Haddon Hall site.
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Gilbert's verses for Sullivan's music are the most fastidiously turned and inventively rhymed in all lyric comedy. As the Savoy Operas enter their second century on a swell of renewed popularity, Gilbert's reputation as the supreme wordsmith of light opera rem. As the Savoy Operas enter their second century on a swell of renewed popularity, Gilbert's reputation as the supreme wordsmith of light opera remains secure. Complete and authentic, these are the librettos on which modern performances and recordings are based. Scattered among the songs are over seventy of the amusing, quirky pictures Gilbert drew to illustrate them. A chronology prepared for this edition sketches the authors' lives and careers. This is a book that no lover of Gilbert and Sullivan, musical comedy, or indeed the English theater will want to be without.