Our Island Home (1870)
Libretto by W. S. Gilbert
Music by Thomas German Reed
|Mrs. German Reed||Katherine Emory|
|Mr. German Reed||Ken Meyer|
|Miss Fanny Holland||Ginger Green|
|Mr. Arthur Cecil||Krishan Oberoi|
|Captain Bang, a pirate|
chief, later Alfred Reed
The Royal Victorian Opera Company
Elaine Smith, music director and pianist
Reviewed by J. Donald Smith
This production incorporates the original German Reed music, a discovery of Frederic Woodbridge Wilson, then curator of the Gilbert and Sullivan Collection at the Pierpont Morgan Library. The music serves to enhance the action but is unmemorable otherwise. For the first time, here is the overbearing contralto and the meek, submissive baritone. The original performers played themselves; in a typical Gilbertian twist, their personae were the opposite of those in real life. In many other respects, the opera is a precursor to The Pirates of Penzance.
The video is a very well-done and believable production.
|1995||[none]||VHS NTSC||[no number]|