Lamplighters Present Gilbert & Sullivan's The Gondoliers at YBC
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The last date listed for Gilbert & Sullivan's The Gondoliers was Saturday January 21, 2012 / 2:00pm.
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
Reviews & Ratings
Greet the two kings, who, because of mistaken identity, have acquired three would-be queens! The sparkling, emerald Adriatic Sea… the sun-dappled, lazy waters of the Grand Canal… singing Gondoliers and Contadine… and the “Cachucha” danced at the Royal Court at Barataria make The Gondoliers a heartwarming Venetian valentine, wrapped in Sullivan’s most beautiful music and tied with one of Gilbert’s most fanciful libretti.
While most Gilbert & Sullivan operettas are strictly set within the confines of the composer’s home country of England, _The Gondoliers _score was widely influenced by a visit Sullivan made to Italy in 1888. 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 entire score is sung in English.
The Gondoliers involves a pair of handsome Venetian gondola oarsmen and 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 and groundbreaking lyrics. When The Gondoliers premiered in London in 1889, it was given the highest critical acclaim from local media and from England’s Queen Victoria herself, who was so moved that she wrote extensively in her personal diary of the show’s inescapable charm. One journalist reviewing the production wrote, plainly, “It is not opera or play. It is simply entertainment – the most exquisite entertainment we have ever seen.”