10 Things You May Not Know about ‘The Gondoliers’

Earlier this year, quite unexpectedly, I found myself directing The Gondoliers for the Gilbert & Sullivan Light Opera Company of Long Island.  It’s an opera I’ve directed twice before (in 1982 and 2006) and studied extensively for my book, A Most Ingenious Paradox: The Art of Gilbert & Sullivan, but I found that re-immersing myselfContinue reading “10 Things You May Not Know about ‘The Gondoliers’”

100 Shades of Gray

Back in the 1920s, a letter written to the newsletter of the Gilbert & Sullivan Society in London sounded a warning bell:  In looking over audiences at the Savoy (where the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, under its vigorous new proprietor, Rupert D’Oyly Carte, was enjoying a sold-out season of Gilbert & Sullivan revivals), the writer had been struck by theContinue reading “100 Shades of Gray”