Rebecca Rosen's Reviews > Princess Ida: Vocal Score (English Language Edition), Score

Princess Ida by W.S. Gilbert
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Mar 09, 2012

really liked it

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: swearing off of marriage, sexism, romantic tenor lead, sassy contralto whose actions lead to resolutions, and several songs where characters proudly reveal their names, occupations, intentions, and character flaws. It pales in comparison to the big 3, but is still a valid source of enjoyment in its own right.
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