“Thank you, gallant gondolieri!
In a set and formal measure
it is scarcely necessary
to express our pleasure.”
The Gondoliers or The King of Barataria
February 24 to March 11, 1984
In their last successful collaboration, Gilbert and Sullivan worked from June to October to create a comic opera of bright colors, high energy, and lighthearted appeal. The Gondoliers is a good-natured satire on the ideals of social and political equality. Its lessons are as meaningful today as then, and are told with the convivial spirit of intrigue and fun as only Gilbert and Sullivan can do. The music is more allegro than andante, and there is very little dialogue, making The Gondoliers, in comparison with the other works, longer in text but not in time. These tempos lend themselves to more movement, and dance is more prominent. When The Gondoliers open to “great success,” the Daily Telegraph observed that it “conveys an impression of having been written con amore.” We present our version with love, and hope it succeeds to entertain and give you as enjoyable an experience as it has given us.
The Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company’s fifth anniversary production of The Gondoliers was featured in PM Magazine, a weekday news program of the Twin Cities CBS affiliate, WCCO, Channel 4.
Two excellent internet resources for information about The Gondoliers: