The Pirates of Penzance

Pirates 3 w500Eugene Opera’s 2012-13 season began with the timeless favorite The Pirates of Penzance. Gilbert and Sullivan’s masterpiece is a hilarious adventure filled with music and swashbuckling fun. The Register Guard called our joyous production “The very model of a modern operetta.” The stellar cast was headed by renowned operatic baritone Mark Walters, called “a force to be reckoned with” by Opera News, as the Pirate King. Exciting young soprano Angela Theis was “marvelous” as Mabel (The Register Guard).

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Eugene Opera’s production was based on the original version of the 1980 “centennial” revival by the New York Shakespeare Festival in Central Park in New York City (recently rediscovered and released on DVD), without the subsequent modifications in the Broadway and film versions. Gilbert’s text was presented complete. Sullivan’s orchestrations were restored, and alterations to “With Cat-Like Tread” suggested by the manuscript were adopted. A reprise of the Major-General’s song was inserted in the Act II finale, reconstructing the original 1879 finale.

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Musical Director Andrew Bisantz says “Sullivan’s gifts as a composer are formidable, and Pirates gives us many wonderful examples — from the memorable ‘I am a very model of a modern major general’ to the gorgeous Act II duet ‘Stay, Frederic, stay!’…. Remembering that this is a comic score, Sullivan brilliantly parodies everyone from Schubert to Verdi, and manages to play homage beautifully at the same time…. What other composer could have the entire stage stop and sing ‘Hail poetry, thou heav’n born maid!’ and both tickle us and stir us at the same time?”

Images by Cliff Coles

Click below for some video excerpts of the performance.

The Pirates of Penzance

December 28, 30, & 31, 2012
Silva Concert Hall, Hult Center for the Performing Arts

Libretto by W.S. Gilbert
Music by Arthur Sullivan
First produced at the Royal Bijou Theater, Paignton, Devonshire, on December 30, 1979.
First full production at the Fifth Avenue Theater, New York, on December 31, 1879.

Richard, the Pirate King — Mark Walters
Samuel, his Lieutenant — Sandy Naishtat
Frederic, a pirate apprentice — Joshua Dennis
Major-General Stanley, of the British Army — Curt Olds
Edward, Sergeant of Police — Marco Valerio
Mabel, General Stanley’s youngest daughter — Angela Theis
Edith, General Stanley’s daughter — Brook Cagno
Kate, General Stanley’s daughter — Alyse Jamieson
Isabel, General Stanley’s daughter — Sophie Therrell
Ruth, a Piratical Maid-of-all-Work — Anne Allgood
Queen Victoria — Ann Musgrove

The Eugene Orchestra and Chorus
Conductor — Andrew Bisantz
Stage Director — Mark Beudert
Chorus Master — John Jantzi
Stage Manager — Courtney Rizzo
Costume Designer — Jonna Hayden
Lighting Designer — Michael Peterson
Choreographer — Lyn Burg
Assistant Stage Manager — Luke Langstraat
Scenery Designed by Don Carson

Major-General Stanley’s Daughters: Jana Baker, Heidi von Brockdorff, Shamara Clark, Colleen Gaskill, Margaret Hazel, Teri Hoy, Chris Lamb, Judy Morris, Mary Moyer

Pirates: Ryan Chartrey, Mark Dean, Riley Forrest, Richard Frye, Joseph Hart, Lynn Jenkins, Richard Leinaweaver, Roy Lisi, Tim McCoy, Danny Singarella, John Shirey, Ramsey Tainton, Tom Talaba, Stephen Vorhes, Greg Widdicombe, Cameron Walker, Timothy Wilcox, Calvin Yue

Police: Ryan Chartrey, Richard Frye, Lynn Jenkins, Richard Leinaweaver, Tom Talaba, Stephen Vorhes, Greg Widdicombe, Cameron Walker


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