Wednesday 24th to Friday 26th April at 7.15pm
Saturday 27th April at 2.15pm
A witch’s curse, a thwarted courtship, an assumed identity and the irksome business of committing daily acts of wickedness. Could amost be a 21st century soap.....
The opera is a parody of the stock melodrama — the villain who carries off the maiden; the priggishly good-mannered poor-but-virtuous-heroine; the hero in disguise, and his faithful old retainer who dreams of their former glory days; the snake in the grass who claims to be following his heart; the wild, mad girl; the swagger of fire-eating patriotism; ghosts coming to life to enforce a curse; and so forth. But as one critic noted, Gilbert turns the moral absolutes of melodrama upside down: Good becomes bad, bad becomes good, and heroes take the easy way out.