"Ivanhoe" - by Sir Walter Scott and Sir Arthur Sullivan


Saturday 26th May, 7:00pm (Supper at 8.00pm) - £25

An illustrated talk by David Purdie and David Lyle, followed by Supper. 

 On 31st January, 1891, Sullivan's only grand opera, "Ivanhoe", based on Scott's novel of 1820, opened at Richard D'Oyly Carte's newly-built Royal English Opera House, where it would run for 155 consecutive performances, a record for a grand opera that remains unsurpassed to this day. Sullivan and Carte shared a dream of creating a school of English opera, and they had pinned their hopes on this work.
What happened to this important new work in the years that followed? What happened to the "English opera school" and the Royal English Opera House? David Purdie and David Lyle explore the background and history of this fascinating opera in a talk illustrated with contemporary images, and excerpts from the opera, sung by Principals from the Edinburgh Gilbert and Sullivan society of Edinburgh.

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