Princess Ida: Vocal Score (English Language Edition), Score (The Savoy Operas #7)
"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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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
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...moreMore about W.S. Gilbert...