THE GILBERT and SULLIVAN OPERA COMPANY TAKES THE HELM OF THE “H.M.S. PINAFORE”
University Chamber Orchestra joins The Company for Annual University of Chicago Department of Music Performance Program Fundraiser
CHICAGO, Hyde Park – The Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company will perform H.M.S. Pinafore – a satiric tale lampooning patriotism, politics and the British aristocracy — at the
University of Chicago’s Mandel Hall on March 14 – 16.
H.M.S. Pinafore – or the Lass That Loved a Sailor was Gilbert and Sullivan’s fourth collaboration and their first blockbuster hit. The comic operetta opened in London in 1898 and ran for 571 performances. When it premiered in Boston the following year, one critic wrote, “Going to Pinafore has become a mania.” The plot revolves around thwarted love between members of different social classes, namely the daughter of the gentlemanly Captain of the Pinafore who has fallen in love with a common sailor but is betrothed to the First Lord of the Admiralty. In true Gilbert and Sullivan fashion, true love reigns. The show includes such familiar songs as “I’m Called Little Buttercup,” “When I Was a Lad,” and “I am the Captain of the Pinafore.” Continue reading