The Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company was founded in 1979, by Dick Fishel and Jim Hart. That year, the company produced its first operetta, Gilbert & Sullivan’s one act, Trial by Jury.
Since then, in its nearly forty year history, the company has presented fully staged productions of all thirteen of the Gilbert & Sullivan operettas, ranging from perennial favorites, H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado, to the lesser-known Utopia, Limited and The Grand Duke.
The company has also gone outside the Gilbert & Sullivan repertoire and has performed Orpheus in the Underworld by Jacques Offenbach, The Zoo by B. C. Stephenson and Arthur Sullivan, as well as a concert version of The Rose of Persia by Basil Hood and Arthur Sullivan, and a semi-staged production of the comic Gilbert and Sullivan parody, The Da Vinci Coda.
In addition, the company regularly appears with the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra, at the Lake Harriet Bandshell, in the summer, to present a concert version of one of the Gilbert & Sullivan operettas. The company also had an extraordinarily successful appearance at the 2015 Minnesota Fringe Festival with a critically acclaimed staging of Trial by Jury.
Past and Future Productions
The following is a listing of The Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company’s productions, from those scheduled in the near future, back to the company’s founding:
|In the Future!|
|The Mikado||Spring 2019|
|Princess Ida||Spring 2018|
|Orpheus in the Underworld||Fall 2017|
|The Gondoliers||Spring 2017|
|Trial by Jury||Summer 2015|
|H.M.S. Pinafore||Spring 2015|
|The Grand Duke||2014|
|The Yeomen of the Guard||2013|
|The Pirates of Penzance||2011|
|The Grand Duke||2003|
|Orpheus in the Underworld||2000|
|The Yeomen of the Guard||1999|
|The Pirates of Penzance||1998|
|Trial by Jury / The Zoo||Fall 1996|
|The Mikado||Spring 1996|
|The Grand Duke||1991|
|The Yeomen of the Guard||1987|
|The Pirates of Penzance||1986|
|The Sorcerer||Fall 1985|
|The Mikado||Spring 1985|
|Trial by Jury||1979|
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