A literary or a military man?
All the young ladies have fallen madly in love with a flamboyant
poet named Bunthorne. He basks in their adoration, but the
one girl he wants to attract, a modest milkmaid named Patience,
will have nothing to do with him. What will Bunthorne do
when a rival poet arrives and steals not just the attentions
of the besotted maidens, but also Patience's heart? And how
will the maidens' former suitors, the staid Dragoon Guards,
respond to the new craze for poetic and romantic love?
About the opera
Gilbert and Sullivan's Patience premiered in
1881 at London's Opera Comique before moving to the new Savoy
Theatre. The operetta satirizes the period's "aesthetic" movement
and its key figures, such as painter James Whistler and writer
Oscar Wilde. This sixth collaboration of Gilbert and Sullivan
was immensely popular, and ran for 578 performances.
Gilbert and Sullivan
W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan wrote 14 operas together
between 1871 and 1896, most of which were produced by the
D'Oyly Carte Opera Company. Gilbert, the duo's librettist,
was an accomplished satirist, and was known for a series
of cartoons and sketches known as the Bab Ballads. Sullivan,
the composer, was often called the "English Mendelssohn," but
his genius was most evident in the lighter comic songs he
wrote with Gilbert. Sullivan's solo works include the opera
the hymn "Onward Christian Soldiers." Gilbert and
Sullivan's operas were wildly popular in their time and are
still performed regularly today.