Season 2019 ~ Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Victoria

It is with great pleasure that we announce Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Victoria’s 2019 Season and hope that you can join us for this exciting year as we present Engaged, Die Fledermaus, Cox & Box and HMS Pinafore.

We have had enormous fun and success with our 2018 productions of Gold & Silver Operetta, The Mikado and Eileen. We cannot wait to get started on the upcoming season.

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Engaged - Season 2019 ~ Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Victoria

 

23rd February – 3rd March 2019

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4 Performances
Running time approx 2hrs
(1 Intermissions)

Saturday 23rd February 2:00pm
Sunday 24th February 2:00pm
Saturday 2nd March 2:00pm
Sunday 3rd March 2:00pm

The Knowe

4 Clarkmont Road,
Sassafras

Enquiries: 0490 465 009

Tickets

Adult: $35
Concession: $30
Student: $25
Child (Under 16): $20

Engaged

Enjoy a summer soirée at Sassafras, with a hilarious comedy about the everlasting perils of love, marriage and money.

Cheviot Hill is the central figure of the piece – who is continually falling in love at the drop of a hat. His romantic inconstancy is of intense pecuniary interest to two other men: Belvawney, who receives £1,000 a year as long as Cheviot remains unmarried; and Mr. Symperson, who shall receive £1,000 a year once Cheviot is either wed or dead.

This hilarious farce was the inspiration for Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest”. It is equally witty, clever, and great fun. It will be performed in the garden, and the living room at The Knowe in Sassafras, next summer. These become the Scottish border and a London salon in this gorgeously funny production, directed by Diana Burleigh, internationally recognised authority on the works of Gilbert & Sullivan.

Come, enjoy a walk in the garden with a glass of bubbles before the play. But please hurry and subscribe, as seating in the house and garden is very limited.

 

“Engaged’ is W.S. Gilbert alone, without Sullivan, and it is still outrageously funny”
– The Canadian Globe and Mail. 2016

Sparkling Wine

The Knowe English garden surrounds


 

Die Fledermaus - Season 2019 ~ Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Victoria

 

26th – 28th July 2019

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With the Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Victoria Orchestra

4 Performances
Running time approx 2 hours 40mins
(2 Intermissions)

Friday 26th July 8:00pm
Saturday 27th July 2:00pm
Saturday 27th July 8:00pm
Sunday 28th July 2:00pm

Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre

Cnr Bell Street & St. Georges Road,
Preston VIC 3072

Box Office: (03) 8470 8282

Tickets

Adult: $45
Concession: $39
Student: $32
Child (Under 16): $25
Group 10+: $37
Family of 3 (Max 1 Adult): $85
Family of 4 (Max 2 Adults): $126

 

Die Fledermaus

Glorious music, wonderful singing, and a charming and witty libretto, this joyful work of genius is sure to be one of the highlights of the Melbourne opera going year in 2019!

Composed by the Waltz King, Johann Strauss Junior, Die Fledermaus is perhaps the ultimate operetta. Die Fledermaus is a story about revenge, infidelity, disguises, imprisonment and waltzes! And, oh, what waltzes!

A Viennese gentleman, Gabriel von Eisenstein is supposed to be going to jail for tax evasion. But instead, he ends up going to a grand party at the villa of the Russian Prince Orlovsky. He has been lured there by Dr Falke, a former rival for the hand of
von Eisenstein’s wife, Rosalinda. However, Dr Falke has also invited Rosalinda, who still thinks her husband will be in jail, to come disguised as an Hungarian Countess. Falke’s aim is to enjoy von Eisenstein’s embarrassment, and the fun really begins when they all turn up at Prince Orlovsky’s party in Act II, including the Eisensteins;’ maid Adele, who has borrowed Rosalinda’s best dress. Inevitably, too much champagne is consumed resulting in a hilarious mixture of disguises and wrongdoings. However, all ends happily without serious incident.

Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Victoria will present a sparkling new production by leading Australian Director and Choreographer Robert Ray, with Musical Direction by Alan Cook.

 

“Composed non-stop in forty-two ‘nights of veritable rapture’ this is the younger Strauss’s most celebrated and popular operetta – intoxicatingly melodious and exuberant.”
– The Guide to Musical Theatre

 

“Die Fledermaus is the quintessential operetta penned by the legendary Johann Strauss II and first presented in 1874.”
– Stage Whispers


Cox & Box - Season 2019 ~ Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Victoria

 

4th – 6th October 2019

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4 Performances
Running time approx 45mins
(2 Intermissions – including HMS Pinafore)

Friday 4th October 8:00pm
Saturday 5th October 2:00pm
Saturday 5th October 8:00pm
Sunday 6th October 2:00pm

Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre

Cnr Bell Street & St. Georges Road,
Preston VIC 3072

Box Office: (03) 8470 8282

Tickets

Adult: $45
Concession: $39
Student: $32
Child (Under 16): $25
Group 10+: $37
Family of 3 (Max 1 Adult): $85
Family of 4 (Max 2 Adults): $126

Cox & Box

Presented as a double-bill “Cox & Box” and “HMS Pinafore”.

This frivolous yet charming tale, full of musical humour and sparkling tunes is a cheerful romp.

Before Sullivan met Gilbert he composed a delicious one act farce, Cox & Box with humorist F.C. Burnand. First performed privately in a men’s club, its popularity climbed and was the only work, not written by both Gilbert & Sullivan to be continually performed by the fabled D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, through its long history.

Sergeant Bouncer is renting a room to Mr Box, a printer who works at night, and to Mr Cox, a hatter who works by day. Neither know of each other’s existence, until one day Mr Cox is awarded a holiday. Returning home Mr Cox is horrified to find Mr Box asleep in his bed! Much hilarity follows as Sergeant Bouncer tries to sort out the mess. Sullivan provides a preview to the masterpieces he would later write with Gilbert. This is a gem of a mini-opera, and will bring much amusement and delight in this new production.

HMS Pinafore with Cox & Box Direction by Daniel Sinfield, Musical Direction by Joshua Geddes.

 

“It’s the wellspring of Gilbert and Sullivan’s musical style and has some terrific tunes. Burnand’s book and lyrics are crafted to perfection.”
– The Stage 2014


HMS Pinafore - Season 2019 ~ Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Victoria

 

4th – 6th October 2019

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With the Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Victoria Orchestra

4 Performances
Running time approx 1 hour 45mins
(2 Intermissions – including Cox & Box)

Friday 4th October 8:00pm
Saturday 5th October 2:00pm
Saturday 5th October 8:00pm
Sunday 6th October 2:00pm

Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre

Cnr Bell Street & St. Georges Road,
Preston VIC 3072

Box Office: (03) 8470 8282

Tickets

Adult: $45
Concession: $39
Student: $32
Child (Under 16): $25
Group 10+: $37
Family of 3 (Max 1 Adult): $85
Family of 4 (Max 2 Adults): $126

HMS Pinafore

Presented as a double-bill “Cox & Box” and “HMS Pinafore”.

Delight in this timeless classic – Gilbert’s raucous satire on rank and privilege, set to some of the saltiest, jauntiest and joyful nautical music ever written, by Arthur Sullivan.

H.M.S Pinafore was Gilbert & Sullivan’s first international success. It has sailed the musical seas since 1878, and has never, no never, and not even hardly ever fallen from popularity.

The Captain’s daughter Josephine, is in love with the common sailor, Ralph Rackstraw. However, her father plans to marry her off to the unbearable but wealthy First Sea Lord, Sir Joseph Porter. After some hilarious plot twists, the lovers win through in the end.

This comic opera is an ideal introduction to children, and young persons, of the joys of classical musical theatre.

HMS Pinafore with Cox & Box Direction by Daniel Sinfield, Musical Direction by Joshua Geddes.

 

“Pinafore was the comic opera duo’s first international hit, and remains one of the most popular of the entire series. Nearly 140 years after its 1878 premiere, Gilbert’s absurdist satire on the English class system feel as pertinent as ever. Sullivan’s score is an equally classy piece of work.”
– The Stage 2016

 

“With numbers ranging from jolly music-hall songs, to stirring choruses, to duets, trios, madrigals and outright romantic arias Gilbert and Sullivan are magically able to simultaneously mock and sweetly embrace grand opera, melodrama, the class structure, the Royal Navy, and patriotism-as well as the very idea of being English.”
– Broadway World 2018


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