Lamplighters Present Gilbert & Sullivan's The Gondoliers at YBC
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The last date listed for Gilbert and Sullivan's The Gondoliers was Saturday July 30, 2005 / 8:00pm.
Currently at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Lam Research Theater:
- Full Price:
- $57.00 - $72.00
- Our Price:
- $28.50 - $36.00
A gleeful romp through some of Broadway's most beloved numbers and two exciting world premieres will take center stage as Smuin Ballet closes out its 20th anniversary season with XXcentric. Choreographed by the company's late, great founder Michael Smuin, Dancin' With Gershwin explores the evolution and reinvention of American dance, with a little help from the Great White Way. The world-premiere ballet But now I must rest comes from Smuin choreographer-in-residence Amy Seiwert and draws inspiration from the lush music of Cesária Évora, aka the Queen of Morna. The program's other world-premiere piece, choreographer Val Caniparoli's Tutto Eccetto il Lavandino (everything but the kitchen sink), blends the music of Vivaldi and the company's high-energy athleticism with wit and reflective beauty. Learn More
While Gilbert & Sullivan set the majority of their operettas in their home country of England, Arthur Sullivan visited Venice in 1888 and the trip clearly influenced the sunny music that he composed for The Gondoliers. Italian folk dances such as the tarantella and saltarello jostle with other vivacious national dances such as the cachucha (a fast gypsy dance from Spain) and operatic influences including Bellini, Bizet, Handel and Mozart. The whole opera glitters with the heady exuberance of Sullivan kicking up his musical heels. After a command performance in 1891, Queen Victoria noted in her diary that The Gondoliers was “simply charming.”
The plot line is a familiar one, involving a mix up of identities at birth. Along the way to resolving the confusion, Gilbert skewers issues of social equality and the class system with his usual brilliant wit. When The Gondoliers premiered in London in 1889, it was given the highest critical acclaim from the local media, including one reviewer who wrote, plainly, “It is not opera or play. It is simply entertainment – the most exquisite entertainment we have ever seen.”