The Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company’s regular performances include its fully staged productions of the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas at the Howard Conn Fine Arts Center, annually every spring, and its summer concert presentations of the operettas, with the Minneapolis Pops Orchestra, at the Lake Harriet Bandshell. The Company has been presenting the former since 1980 and the later since 1995.
On a very few occasions, however, the Company has also staged other special performances. These have included a 1982 concert of a selection of Gilbert and Sullivan works, a 2000 concert featuring orchestral and choral works by Sir Arthur Sullivan, a semi-staged concert presentation of a H.M.S. Pinafore, in the spring of 2001, and a concert presentation of Sullivan’s The Rose of Persia, in fall of 2001. The Company also presented The Da Vinci Coda, a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta parody, in 2007. Most recently, the Company appeared as a choir in a performance of The Events at the Guthrie Theater, in the fall of 2015.
While special performances have been rare occurrences, the Company considers these events to be an important part of its history.
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