A BALLAD OPERA
Book by RODNEY BENNETT
Lyrics by RODNEY BENNETT and F. G. WILSON
Music arranged and composed by GERRARD
Sailors, Blackguards. Ladies and Gentlemen of Vauxhall, Villagers
The Scenes :
1. Deck of the Merchantman Mermaid
2. Vauxhall Gardens
3. Garden of Sir Geoffrey Vane 's house at Peter-sham.
Period: Early Nineteenth
Chloe Vane gets bored with her convent-school at Marseilles, and when you come to think of it, what Operatic heroine wouldn't ? A maid of infinite resource, moreover, she disguises herself as a cabin-boy on the good ship Mermaid in order to reach England. Then the plot begins to thicken !
This merry and amusing libretto is wedded to a very charming ' score.' Much of the music is traditional, in using which Mr. Gerrard Williams follows the lead of Gay, Dibden and other past masters, as well as several moderns.
Altogether, an engagingly light-hearted affair.
Madame Lucia de Sorrento:
Lieut Roger Lovelace R N:
Sir Roderigo Grimsdyke:
Ben, the Bosun:
Sir Geoffrey Vane, father of Chloe:
Impresario at Vauxhall:
THE BIRMINGHAM STUDIO AUGMENTED
(Leader, FRANK CANTELL )
Conducted by JOSEPH Lewis
THIS work received its first English performance at a concert of the Royal Philharmonic
Society in 1903, with Kreisler as soloist.
It is a brilliant, elaborate work, in three Movements, the First Moderately quick and majestic, the Second At a moderate pace, the Third Very quick. Each Movement opens straight away with its principal tune. In the First it is introduced by the soloist, in the Second by Cor Anglais (the soloist soon taking it up), in the Third by the soloist.
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