The Really Authentic Gilbert and Sullivan Performance Trust (RAGSPT) is presenting the entire G&S repertoire in chronological order over the 11-year period 2002-2012. In November, the eleventh opera, The Gondoliers, is scheduled for performance with an exciting cast, both in Dunedin and – exceptionally - in Oamaru as well.
This joyously sunny work, set in Venice, satirises republican egalitarianism and tells the strange and romantic story of two sturdy Republicans called upon jointly to assume the responsibilities of Monarchy. But which gondolier is really the king? And which boy is married to which girl? A comic Spanish Ducal family, the Plaza-Toros, and a mournful Grand Inquisitor do everything they can to complicate the plot.
In The Gondoliers there is a greater proportion of music to dialogue than in most of the other Savoy operas. Both author and composer spent more time working on this opera than they had on their earlier works and they paid rare tributes to one other's work after the premiere. A case of author and composer acting, for once, "in perfect unity".
A strong cast of some of Dunedin's finest performers together with a couple of guest principals from further afield will bring The Gondoliers to life under the direction of English professional stage director, Alan Spencer, back for his fourth production for the RAGSPT.
Trust website: www.gns-dunedin.org.nz
The Gondoliers will be staged at the Oamaru Opera House on 13 November at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Bookings: Oamaru Opera House (03) 433 0770 or 0800 4 TICKET or 0800 224 224. Website bookings: www.ticketdirect.co.nz. Tickets: Adults $47.50, Seniors (65+) and groups of 10 or more $42.50, Students and children still at school $22.50. Booking fees apply.
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