1881–1882 Iolanthe

Michael Ainger

in Gilbert and Sullivan

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195147698
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849437 | DOI:
1881–1882 Iolanthe

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While Patience ran successfully at the new Savoy Theatre in London, The Sorcerer, Pinafore, and The Pirates were all still alive and being performed by separate companies around the country. In America, Patience had been running for a month at the Standard Theatre, and had also been played in Boston. Richard D'Oyly Carte had other ideas to extend his business empire; Arthur Sullivan was hoping for fresh ideas to pursue his career in serious music; and William Gilbert had an idea for the next opera at the Savoy. Gilbert stressed the need to settle the title of the opera. Until then they had been using the working title of “Perola.” He asked Carte to write to Henry Irving for permission to call the opera Iolanthe, a title that Irving had already used for a piece in 1880.

Keywords: Patience; Savoy Theatre; The Sorcerer; Richard D'Oyly Carte; Arthur Sullivan; music; William Gilbert; opera; Henry Irving; Iolanthe

Chapter.  7541 words. 

Subjects: Popular Music

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