Music blog

13 September 2016

Arthur Sullivan and the English Opera Companies

Don't miss out on this special event in the British Library Conference Centre on Thursday 22 September 2016, 18.30-20.00.

New-York based playwright and theatre historian John Wolfson will explore the work of composer Arthur Sullivan, focusing on the time he spent with a number of opera companies during his lifetime.

Sir_Arthur_Seymour_SullivanSir Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900) 

Arthur Sullivan is well-known for his association with the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, whose archive was recently acquired by the British Library. However, there were five other companies with which he was also connected during his lifetime. In his talk – accompanied by readings by a guest actor – John Wolfson will consider Sullivan's lifelong preoccupation with finding an opera company devoted to the production of grand opera in English.

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