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Sullivan, Arthur

The Savoyards (1971)

Duration: 160 minutes
Arranged and orchestrated from music by Sullivan by Stanford Robinson

Libretto by Donald Madgwick (E)

Scoring
S,M,A,2T,T/Bar,5Bar,B,speaker; chorus; ballet 2(II=picc).1.1.1-1.1.1.0-timp.perc:BD/cyms/SD/tgl/glsp/tamb/cast- strings.
Abbreviations (PDF).


Territory
This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.



World Premiere
11/3/1971
London
Robert Horsfall, director
Conductor: Brian Goodwin
Company: Barclays Bank Operatic Society

Roles

W.S. GILBERTBaritone
ARTHUR SULLIVANTenor
RICHARD D'OYLY CARTEBaritone
HELEN LENOIR, Carte's secretary, later his wifeMezzo-Soprano
LUCY GILBERT, Gilbert's wifeSoprano
ANNE GILBERT, Gilbert's motherContralto
WILLIAM GILBERT SENIOR, Gilbert's fatherBass
CLEMENT SCOTT, a Drama criticBaritone
FREDERIC CLAY, a composernon-singing role
GEORGE GROSSMITH, an entertainerBaritone
RUTLAND BARRINGTON, an entertainerBass
A THEATRE MANAGER (can double with Grossmith)Baritone
SAUNDERS, Gilbert's manservantTenor
POLICEMANBaritone or Tenor
Citizens, Club members and Officials, Reporters, Ladies and Gentlemen of the Savoy Theatre ChorusSATB


Time and Place
London, between 1869-1893


Synopsis

A new extravaganza with music by Frederic Clay and a libretto by W.S. Gilbert is being premiered. Clay introduces Gilbert to his colleague, the composer Arthur Sullivan. At the offices of the impresario Richard D'Oyly Carte, his secretary Helen Lenoir sees the potential of this new partnership: they try their luck with Thespis, which proves a moderate success, then go their separate ways. Fast forward to 1875, when Carte suggests another collaboration, and Trial by Jury is an enormous hit. The triumvirate is established, and goes from strength to strength, despite occasional differences. The Savoy Operas become a national institution and an international money-spinner, until in 1888 a quarrel over the costs of a new carpet for the foyer of the Savoy breaks the partnership, and ends up in court. Eventually, relations are resumed, and G&S return to the Savoy in 1893 with Utopia Ltd. All – including Gilbert's wife and parents, and Helen (now married to D'Oyly Carte) – celebrate the much-desired reunion.


Moods
Comic


Subjects
History, Relationships, Literary, Music/Arts






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