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Gilbert And Sullivan's 'The Gondoliers' Cruising Into WestConn

Gilbert and Sullivan opera "The Gondoliers" will take over the Visual & Performing Arts Center stage at Western Connecticut State University in four performances March 24 to 26.
Gilbert and Sullivan opera "The Gondoliers" will take over the Visual & Performing Arts Center stage at Western Connecticut State University in four performances March 24 to 26. Photo Credit: Visual and Performing Arts Center at WCSU

DANBURY, Conn. -- Gilbert and Sullivan opera "The Gondoliers" will be presented at the Visual & Performing Arts Center on the Western Connecticut State University Westside campus March 24 to March 26.

“WCSU Opera is thrilled to present this wonderful comic operetta filled with great tunes reminiscent of the classic Italian operas," said Professor of Music Margaret Astrup and the opera's director.

"Composed by Arthur Sullivan with libretto by W.S. Gilbert, “‘The Gondoliers" is Gilbert and Sullivan’s last great work and one of their most beloved."

In Gilbert and Sullivan tradition, these performances will poke fun at some of the social and political institutions today.

Also known as “The King of Barataria," the opera premiered in 1889 at the Savoy Theatre in London, Astrup said.

The story is about the succession to the throne of the fictional kingdom of Barataria.

It unfolds in Gilbert’s libretto with a hilarious farce of mistaken identities, confusion of class distinctions, tangled webs of amorous conflict and ultimately rewarded quests for true love.

Astrup said the opera’s riotous satire of social and political mores in 19th century Europe still holds relevance today.

“In these times, we can all use this funny and light-hearted operetta with glorious tunes to lift our moods and bring us together,” she noted.

There will be evening performances at 8 p.m. Friday, March 24, and Saturday, March 25. Matinees will be on Saturday, March 25, and Sunday, March 26, at 2 p.m.

The opera will be in the MainStage Theatre at the VPAC on the university’s Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension, Danbury.

General admission will be $25, with a ticket price of $15 for seniors and students with valid ID.

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