Ages Ago (1869)

Libretto by W. S. Gilbert
Music by Frederic Clay

Sir Ebenezer Tare,
     later Lord Carnaby Poppytop  
Erik Dickinson
Rosa, his niece,
     later Lady Maud
Janeene Maze
Mrs. MacMotherly,
     later Dame Cherry Maybud
Jenny Nicholson
Mr. Columbus Hebblethwaite,
     later Sir Cecil Blunt
Eric Roberts
     later Brown
Eric Sosman

The Royal Victorian Opera Company
Wayne Ward, music director and pianist

Reviewed by J. Donald Smith
Ages Ago
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This is the only work of Gilbert's six German Reed operas whose vocal score was published. The story of the opera includes a gallery of ancestral portraits that come to life, clearly prefiguring Ruddigore.

While there is a much more thorough and detailed level of composition here, one is struck by the lack of musical 'humor', which characterized Sullivan's setting of Gilbert's words. One can appreciate the work for what it is while recognizing that Gilbert & Clay would not have come down to posterity in the same way that Gilbert & Sullivan have.

The video is very well performed and worth repeated viewing.

Issue History
1987[none]VHS NTSC[no number]