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Princess Ida: Vocal Score (English Language Edition), Score (The Savoy Operas #7)

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  12 ratings  ·  3 reviews
"Princess Ida", or "Castle Adamant", is a comic opera with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert. It opened at the Savoy Theatre on January 5, 1884, for a run of 246 performances. By Savoy Opera standards, it was not considered a success (a particularly hot summer in London did not help ticket sales), and it was not revived in London until 1919. This was t ...more
Paperback, 140 pages
Published March 1st 1985 by Alfred Publishing Co., Inc. (first published 1884)
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2½ stars. Read on my Kindle as part of The Complete Plays of Gilbert and Sullivan while watching the video.

As always with these Gilbert & Sullivan operettas, it is nearly impossible to really separate the "play" or libretto from the music. In this instance, my rating reflects the fact that I found Sullivan's score was not up to his standards in the other operettas I have seen. I also think that while the plot had some very funny bits, the operetta was a bit too long (3 acts as opposed to the
Rebecca Rosen
It's said of Princess Ida that the plot is terrible, the characters are better than the plot, and the music is better than both. This much is true. While the story itself makes little to no sense, the characters are written in typical Schwenky fashion, alternating between ecstatic and dejected at the drop of a hat. A preponderance of patter songs among the musical numbers makes certain roles difficult to play, but for the true G&S enthusiast, it possesses all of the typical Savoy hallmarks: ...more
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Sir William Schwenck Gilbert was an English dramatist, librettist, poet and illustrator best known for his fourteen comic operas produced in collaboration with the composer Sir Arthur Sullivan, of which the most famous include H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance and one of the most frequently performed works in the history of musical theatre, The Mikado. These, as well as most of their other ...more
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