Rumpelstiltskin and Gilbert and Sullivan's Trial By Jury from Lyric Opera San Diego
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The last date listed for Rumpelstiltskin and Gilbert and Sullivan's Trial By Jury was Sunday February 22, 2009 / 2:30pm.
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San Diego Musical Theatre presents the stage adaptation of Irving Berlin's beloved 1954 musical film White Christmas at the Birch North Park Theatre this holiday season, complete with a live 22-piece orchestra. Brimming with such timeless Berlin hits as "Blue Skies," "How Deep Is the Ocean?" and the unforgettable title song, White Christmas tells the story of U.S. Army veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis, a pair of performers with a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a Vermont lodge -- which, as it turns out, just happens to be owned by Bob and Phil's former Army commander. When they learn that the inn's future is in jeopardy, the showbiz gents team up with the sisters and save the day by producing a sparkling, family-friendly holiday show bursting with cheerful dancing, treasured tunes and a generous helping of Yuletide cheer. Learn More
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This event consisted of two one-acts, each approxomately one hour long.
The first was Rumpelstiltken, which I found rather boring. The score was only okay, and the words seemed to be said with a singsong-y rhythm than actually sung operatically. The set was very nice, however. Overall, it was very disappointing.
The second performance was Trial by Jury. This one was hilarious and completely worth the wait from the first play. The acting, score, and singing was all much more enjoyable than the first one-act, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The same actors appeared in both performances, though different actors had the lead roles.
Overall, this event was okay, with one amazing performance and one disappointing performance.
Quotes & Highlights
"Trial by Jury" is a comic opera in one act, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretti by W.S. Gilbert. One of their very first works, it was first produced on 25 March 1875, at London's Royalty Theatre, where it was a hit, running for 131 performances. The opera premiered more than three years after Gilbert and Sullivan's only previous collaboration, "Thespis,"an 1871-72 Christmas season entertainment. In the intervening years, both the author and composer were busy with separate projects.
After its original production in 1875, "Trial by Jury" toured widely in Britain and elsewhere and was frequently revived and recorded. It also became popular as a part of charity benefits. The work continues to be frequently played, especially as a companion piece to other short Gilbert and Sullivan operas or other works. According to theatre scholar Kurt Gaenzl, it is "probably the most successful British one-act operetta of all time." The success of "Trial by Jury" launched the famous series of 13 collaborative works between Gilbert and Sullivan that came to be known as the Savoy Operas.
Although a completely new one-act opera, "Rumpelstiltskin" looks back to the long tradition of English music halls, operatic conventions and operatic history. Written by Lyric Opera Artistic Director J. Sherwood Montgomery and composed by Dr. Nicolas Reveles, the San Diego Opera Director of Education, it uses the many elements of music theater tradition to introduce opera to a new generation of audiences, with a nod to theater traditions of the past as well as a healthy mix of new musical traditions serving the best of the American song book and the world music scene at the same time.
The Grimm Brothers' fairy tale on which the piece is based is a very clear example of the uses of enchantment to tell children about life. The original story is filled with brutal and unpleasant images which include magic, danger, and cannibalism, all used in a tale that was meant to warn children about the world they were going to be facing and the importance of curbing their anger. Rumpelstiltskin literally stamps himself to death because of his frustration at being bested by the truth, and the "happily ever after" comes about through the power of love - the Princess for her child, and the father for his daughter.
About the Ticket Supplier: Lyric Opera San Diego
Formerly known as San Diego Comic Opera, Lyric Opera San Diego has been bringing accessible, affordable opera and musical theatre productions to San Diego since 1979. The company performs operas and musicals from the European and American tradition, in English, presenting the finest young musical talent available with full orchestra and chorus accompaniment.