The Savoy Operas
Geoffrey Smith, signed by author
Wherever English is spoken, Gilbert & Sullivan are acted and sung. In the past few years, the Savoy Operas have reached a fresh peak of popularity, inspired by energetic and unconventional productions far removed from the traditions of D’Oyly Carte. The new interest in these immortal works invites a new look at the reasons for their success. In the spirit of the latest G & S productions themselves, Geoffrey Smith gives each opera an affectionate dusting-off to show how, freed from preconceptions, it actually works as entertainment. He examines Gilbert’s plots, characters and satire, his blend of acerbity and amiability, and points out the delights – often unexpectedly subtle – of Sullivan’s music. He considers the circumstances of each piece’s creation and first production, as well as later ‘unauthorized’ versions. At the same time he interweaves the turbulent story of these two remarkable men, whose professional mastery and personal differences gave their creations their unique flavor of crispness and romanticism. ‘The Savoy Operas: A New Guide to Gilbert and Sullivan’ will entertain and enlighten new fans and seasoned Savoyards alike.