The Gondoliers
A Lyric Theatre Mainstage Production
Fully staged, with orchestra

Music:  Arthur Sullivan
Libretto:  W.S. Gilbert

The Gondoliers was Gilbert and Sullivan's last great success. By setting the work comfortably far away from England, in Venice, Gilbert was emboldened to sharpen his satire at the nobility and the monarchy itself, making for sparkling humor we can still enjoy today. And the libretto inspired Sullivan to write some of this brightest and most melodic music.

Venetian gondoliers Marco and Giuseppe marry contadine Gianetta and Tessa, then learn that one of them is the King of Barataria and was married as a baby to Casilda, the daughter of the Duke of Plaza-Toro.  The only problem is, no one in Venice knows which of them is the King.  Whichever it is, his life is further complicated by having two wives.

The only person who knows is Inez, and she is in Barataria.  Until she can identify the real King, the two travel to Barataria to reign as joint Kings.  But to avoid any impropriety, they have to leave their new wives in Venice...

Performances at the San José City College Theater
  • Sat, June 22, 2019, 8 pm
  • Sun, June 23, 2019, 2 pm
  • Fri, June 28, 2019, 8 pm
  • Sat, June 29, 2019, 2 pm
  • Sun, June 30, 2019, 2 pm
Stage Director:  David Bamberger
Music Director/Conductor:  Paul Zawilski




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