What You'll Get
When a pair of handsome gondoliers suddenly become kings, humor and exuberance abound as they attempt to adjust to their new social status. Set by the sun-dappled, lazy waters of Venice's Grand Canal, the singing Gondolieri and Contadine -- and the "Cachucha" danced at the Royal Court at Barataria -- make The Gondoliers an exuberant, happy valentine, wrapped in some of Sullivan's most tuneful music and tied with one of Gilbert's most fanciful libretti. Within this joyful opera at Lesher Center for the Performing Arts in Walnut Creek, Gilbert ingeniously skewers issues of social equality and the class system with his usual brilliant wit and groundbreaking lyrics, alongside Sullivan's lovely, lilting score.
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.”The tickets identified in this promotion are made available through Goldstar. Groupon is not affiliated with or sponsored by Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Gondoliers" in connection with this deal.
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