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Thanks for visiting The Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company website. The Covid-19 pandemic has severely affected the entire performing arts world with live theater shouldering a great deal of the burden. It is exactly what we love about live theater that presents us with the greatest challenges in resuming the work we love. Gathering, rehearsing, performing, and, of course, singing, are all problematic as the coronavirus spreads.

We are using this suspended time to our benefit where possible. It’s our intention to remount Pirates of Penzance in our traditional March opening in 2021. We also are in process of a full revamp of our website where we’ll be releasing recorded snippets of our last full dress rehearsal. Luckily, we were able to record the full show in full costume at the end of tech week. To tide you over until our new website gets released, please enjoy the encore below!

 

Discovering the new narratives in the traditional G&S canon.

O ver its 60 years, the Company has performed every work in the Gilbert and Sullivan canon. The Company has a policy of alternating the signature operas with the obscure, taking into consideration anniversary years and programming by other local companies. H.M.S. Pinafore has been performed eight times, The Mikado, The GondoliersIolanthe, and The Yeomen of the Guard have each been produced seven times. The Pirates of Penzance and Ruddigore have each been produced six times. Princess Ida and Patience have been produced four times; The Sorcerer three times; Trial by Jury, twice; and Utopia, Limited and The Grand Duke once each. In 2019 the Company took a temporary break from the traditional canon, presenting Merrie England by Edward German and Basil Hood, the designated successors to Gilbert and Sullivan.

Throughout its history, the Company’s goal has been to produce the best possible performances which are true to the traditional Gilbert and Sullivan style. The Company is very proud of its foundation as a strictly amateur organization. Our participants continue to be community residents as well as University students, faculty and staff, and a not inconsiderable number of professionals from outside the community, who apparently have found the Company’s ambiance worth a commuting relationship.

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    The Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company Begins

    When The Gondoliers opened at the University of Chicago’s Mandel Hall on November 18, 1960, organizers Roland Bailey, together with brother and sister Robert Ashenhurst and Nancy Lorie, could not have foreseen that they were establishing a Hyde Park tradition that would delight audiences for sixty years.

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