GILBERT & Sullivan fans can unite in song during a show in Poole next month.
On January 20, Tarantara Productions’ Gala Celebration of Gilbert & Sullivan is set to visit Lighthouse Poole.
Organisers say the concert performance will delight both Gilbert & Sullivan aficionados and newcomers alike.
“When their operas were premiered, Gilbert insisted on directing them in a way that was very unusual at the time – giving his productions structure, precision and flair – but almost 150 years on things cannot be preserved in aspic,” said a spokesperson.
“These operas are still very funny, pertinent, satirical and touching, and if you scrape off the additional layers of varnish that have accrued, they come up bright and new.
“If you trust the material, it shines through.”
In this celebration of all that’s best in Gilbert and Sullivan’s extraordinary operas, acclaimed soloists will perform favourites from The Mikado, The Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore and many others, including some less familiar gems.
This unique gala concert will be performed by singers from English National Opera, Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera, Opera North, Carl Rosa and D’Oyly Carte featuring Alexander Robin Baker, Rebecca Bottone, Barry Clark, Siân Dicker, Yvonne Howard, Judith Le Breuilly, Timothy Nelson and Matthew Siveter, conducted by Martin Handley (ENO, Royal Danish Opera, Australian Opera and regular presenter for BBC Radio 3).
Tarantara Productions was established in 2014 to perform the work of Gilbert & Sullivan to the highest standards both in gala concerts and fully staged productions.
“The company uses a mix of seasoned operatic stars and young voices new to this repertoire, letting it speak for itself and demonstrating just how timeless it is,” the spokesperson added.
For more information and ticket details, call 01202 280000 or visitlighthousepoole.co.uk.