On Saturday, however, we enjoyed The Gondoliers performed by the Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company. They performed to a packed, and enthusiastic, auditorium. It was a fantastic and spirited performance. The Opera House was so full that we were only able to secure seats in the Upper Circle, even though Bernie had booked the tickets many months ago. I particularly enjoyed this performance and, I think, The Gondoliers has now become one of my favourite Gilbert and Sullivan operas. Both Bernie and I commented that we hadn't realised how many songs we love are from the opera.
I love the topsy-turvy world of Gilbert and Sullivan and The Gondoliers is one of the best examples of this element of their work. The story of "The Gondoliers", which satirizes snobbery in all grades of society, follows Gilbert's favourite theme of topsy-turvydom. "I am told", said he, "that the public like the topsy-turvy best, so this time they are going to get it". And we certainly do!
So, roll on the next G & S fix in two weeks time - a matinee of The Grand Duke followed by an evening performance of HMS Pinafore, bliss!