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1878–1879 Troubled Waters

Michael Ainger

in Gilbert and Sullivan

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195147698
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849437 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195147698.003.0014
1878–1879 Troubled Waters

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With the firm backing of William Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, Richard D'Oyly Carte kept the Opera Comique open despite the temporary setback caused by the warm weather. In accounts explaining the slow start of HMS Pinafore, the hot weather has usually been put forward as a reason, but it has been exaggerated. The weather in July was mixed, with only three hot days in the middle of the month, soon followed by a thunderstorm, heavy rain, and cooler conditions. In a letter to his mother, Sullivan refers to the changeable weather that summer when he says, “What extraordinary weather we are having. It has been beautiful sunshine all the morning, & now suddenly there comes on heavy rain & thunder. The coolness however is good for the [promenade] Concerts & the ‘Pinafore’.” Soon after the start of Pinafore, Gilbert began to feel unwell.

Keywords: William Gilbert; Arthur Sullivan; Richard D'Oyly Carte; Opera Comique; weather; HMS Pinafore

Chapter.  7492 words. 

Subjects: Popular Music

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