1909–1910 Enter Fairies—Their Flight and Fall

Michael Ainger

in Gilbert and Sullivan

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195147698
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849437 | DOI:
1909–1910 Enter Fairies—Their Flight and Fall

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As work progressed on “Selene”—or, as it was eventually called, Fallen Fairies—William Gilbert and Edward German collaborated happily. Although German had misgivings about the piece, he was complimentary about Gilbert at this stage. The relationship with Herbert Workman, however, was of a different order. Workman had set up his syndicate, but through lack of management experience had not worked out in detail his operating powers. Having agreed terms with Gilbert, subject to his approval of the libretto and music and having agreed that Nancy McIntosh would play the leading soprano role, Workman went to Grim's Dyke, where Gilbert read him the libretto and German played him the music. Workman wrote to Gilbert offering lower terms and informing him that he was committed to engage Elsie Spain as the leading soprano for the first three productions under his management at the Savoy. Gilbert was adamant and rejected Spain.

Keywords: Selene; Fallen Fairies; William Gilbert; Edward German; Herbert Workman; libretto; music; Nancy McIntosh; soprano; Elsie Spain

Chapter.  5554 words. 

Subjects: Popular Music

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