Crossed Violins

So here are some great light music operettas and composers :

The New Moon
by Sigmund Romberg

Sigmund Romberg
Adventure and romance with Sigmund
Romberg’s captivating music! One year
before the French Revolution, revolutionary
sympathiser Chevalier Misson escapes from
France, but the King’s agent, Ribaud, tracks
him down to French-occupied New Orleans.
Captive on the sailing ship The New Moon,
then freed by pirates, Chevalier founds a free
Caribbean island.....



Gilbert & Sullivan

"Iolanthe", or "The Peer and the Peri",
opened at the Savoy Theatre on November 25, 1882,
three nights after the final performance of Patience
at the same theatre, and ran for 398 performances.

Gilbert had taken potshots at the aristocracy before,
but in this "fairy opera," the House of Lords is
lampooned as a bastion of the ineffective, privileged
and dim-witted. The political party system and
other institutions also come in for a dose of satire.
Yet, both author and composer managed to couch the
criticism among such bouncy, amiable absurdities
that it is all received as good fun.

W S GilbertArthur Sullivan
Gilbert & Sullivan


Die Fledermaus

Music: Johann Strauss
Libretto: Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy
Premiere: Vienna, April 5, 1874

Strauss's ever-popular operetta is a madcap comedy of light-hearted deceit, filled with lively dance music. Bourgeois citizen Eisenstein must go to prison because of an oversight by his lawyer. Hearing this news, Alfred, former lover of Eisenstein's wife, Rosalinda, decides to use her husband's absence to renew his suit. Then Eisenstein's friend Falke arrives, dressed as a bat, and invites the unwitting husband to postpone his imprisonment for a few hours and attend a masquerade. The pair depart and Alfred arrives, only to be mistaken for Eisenstein and carted off to jail. At the ball, Eisenstein is dazzled by a mysterious Hungarian countess, who is none other than his wife in disguise. Afterwards, he turns himself in at the jail, only to find Alfred and Rosalinda already there. As the three confront each other, the rest of the cast magically appears, tension dissolves and all unite in singing the praises of champagne.


Merrie England

Music : Edward German

Edward German This well known comic opera is set in the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1. The famous courtier, Sir Walter Raleigh, loves Bessie Throckmorton, one of the Queen's Ladies in Waiting. Bessie is frightened that a misplaced letter from Raleigh will fail into the hands of the Queen, who would be displeased at the association. Raleigh's rival, the Earl of Essex, is given the letter by Jill-All-Alone, who is persecuted by the local people who think she is a witch. A forester begs the Queen to protect Jill. However, when Essex hands Elizabeth the letter, the Queen is so incensed that she orders Bessie's imprisonment, Raleigh's banishment and Jill's death by burning. Elizabeth retracts each sentence when Essex halts a threat to her life through his exposure of Dr Lopez, the Queen's Portuguese physician, who is planning to poison her.

The Merry WidowFranz Lehar

by Fanz Lehar

The Merry Widow (German: Die lustige Witwe) is a romantic musical comedy or operetta by the Austro-Hungarian composer, Franz Lehár. The librettists, Viktor Léon and Leo Stein, based the story — concerning a rich widow, Hanna Glawari, and her attempt to find a husband — on an 1861 comedy play, L'Attache d'ambassade (The Ambassador's Attache) by Henri Meilhac. The operetta was first performed at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna on 30 December 1905. Well-known music from the score includes the songs "Vilja", "You'll Find Me at Maxim's", and "The Merry Widow Waltz".


La Vie Parisienne

Music by Jacques Offenbach:
Book and lyrics by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy.

Jacques Offenbach    Jaques Offenbach

Théâtre du Palais-Royal, Paris - 31 October, 1866 Holborn Theatre, London - 30 March, 1872 (adaptation by F.C. Burnand) Booth's Theatre, New York - 12 June, 1876

Paris in the 1860s - and cosmopolitan gaiety has reached new heights of delightful frivolity. A divertingly-tangled tale of flirtatious masquerading and romantic intriguing, it concerns irresponsible men-about-town, fashionable demimondaines, aristocratic visitors in search of a good time, and a motley assortment of flamboyant characters. irrepressible, vivacious music and scenes of rapturous hilarity make this glittering vision of life in the 'Gay Paree' of the Second Empire a marvellously enjoyable show.


HMS Pinafore, The Mikado and others

Gilbert & Sullivan

Librettist W. S. Gilbert (1836–1911) and composer Arthur Sullivan (1842–1900) collaborated on a series of fourteen comic operas in Victorian England between 1871 and 1896. Their works were originally produced by impresario Richard D'Oyly Carte, the third member of the partnership, who built the Savoy Theatre in London to present their operas, and formed the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, which performed them until it closed in 1982. The Savoy Operas have enjoyed broad and enduring international success, particularly in the English-speaking world, perhaps because of their combination of engaging melodies, witty lyrics and gentle satire. The Gilbert and Sullivan operas — H.M.S. Pinafore and The Mikado in particular — shaped the American musical of the 20th century.


Johann Strauss

Johann Strauss II



Lerner and Loewe

Brigadoon is a musical by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, first produced in 1947. It tells the story of a mysterious village in Scotland, which appears for only one day every hundred years. Far from being a curse, the enchantment is viewed by the villagers as a blessing. According to their covenant with God, no one from Brigadoon may ever leave the village, or the enchantment will be broken and Brigadoon and all its inhabitants will disappear into the mist forever. Two American tourists, lost in the Highlands, stumble upon the village just as a wedding is about to be celebrated, and their arrival has serious implications for the village's inhabitants.

Songs include The Heather On The Hill and Almost Like Being In Love

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