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Masters of Operetta

Offenbach & Gilbert and Sullivan: Marriage By Lantern Light & Trial By Jury

April 28, 29 & 30 2016

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Blunham, Bakewell, Sheffield

Masters of Operetta - Offenbach & Gilbert and Sullivan: Marriage By Lantern Light & Trial By Jury

Opera on Location return for their 2016 spring tour with an evening of comic operetta. Marriage by Lantern Light may not be as well known as some of Offenbach’s other operas such as The Tales of Hoffman or Orpheus in the Underworld which contains the notorious ‘can-can’ dance, but it is equally as exciting, beautiful and on top of that; hilariously funny! The German-born French composer gained quite the reputation for composing operettas, with his catalogue boasting nearly 100. Marriage by Lantern Light focuses on a young farmer and his quest for treasure and is just as relevant today as it was when it was written. Will the farmer find his treasure, or perhaps something he was not even looking for?

Offenbach's huge success in this genre is undeniable and his talent did not go unnoticed. Across the English Channel a young Arthur Sullivan was becoming increasingly inspired by Offenbach's work and it is easy to see this in his music. Little did he know that this influence would help him become part of one of the most successful operetta writing teams the world has ever seen. William Gilbert and Sullivan wrote over thirteen works between the years of 1871 and 1896. Trial by Jury was only the second collaboration between the two, but was a huge success and includes many of the staple features we have come to expect in a G&S production. With its farcical characters such as the Judge and Counsellor, Gilbert pokes fun at the Victorian legal system with expert precision thanks to him training as a barrister. Paired with the typically entertaining and catchy music of Sullivan, Trial by Jury provides the perfect end to an amusing evening.

April 28th 19:30
Blunham Village Hall
105a High Street
MK44 3NN

April 29th 20:00
All Saints Church
South Church Street
DE45 1FD

April 30th 19:30
St. Mark’s Church
Broomfield Road
S10 2SE

To book, please call 0113 469 3748