1893–1896 The Grand Duke

Michael Ainger

in Gilbert and Sullivan

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195147698
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849437 | DOI:
1893–1896 The Grand Duke

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A meeting was held at Adelphi Terrace, when William Gilbert, Arthur Sullivan, Richard D'Oyly Carte, and Helen Carte agreed terms for the production of The Grand Duke. Gilbert sold Carte the complete rights to the opera for a total of £5,000, and at the same time agreed that Carte had the rights to produce revivals of his operas in London. One of the reasons for keeping to the casting that already had been agreed was that the Cartes had engaged a new leading soprano, Ilka Palmay from The Mikado. Sullivan returned to his work with Gilbert. The libretto for The Grand Duke had been subject to numerous changes since Gilbert had started work on it a year before. At the beginning he was writing for a small cast, but when he later introduced modifications for the Savoy, he increased the cast and complicated the plot by embedding into the original a secondary plot involving a theatrical company.

Keywords: William Gilbert; Arthur Sullivan; Richard D'Oyly Carte; Helen Carte; The Grand Duke; rights; operas; libretto; Savoy; plot

Chapter.  6987 words. 

Subjects: Popular Music

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