Notes & Reviews:
Gilbert & Sullivan's hilarious 1887 Gothic comic opera, complete with dialogue and music, was recorded at the 2009 Festival of the Ohio Light Opera. Originally titled Ruddygore, the name, which meant bloody gore, gave offense at the premiere and the more acceptable Ruddigore was substituted. Cat-calls sayings "Give us back the Mikado" during the bows prompted a substantial reworking of the action. Despite the initial reception, the show ran for almost 300 performances. The score, full of ingratiating melodies, also boasts some novel touches as well as the usual comic patter songs and tuneful ballads. The extraordinary music for the ghosts in Act II represents Sullivan at his most inspired.
"Recordings of Ruddigore are certainly nowhere near as common as those of HMS Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, or Iolanthe - so it's good to find a new one available. This especially holds true when two of its leads operate at a very high level...Ted Christopher is one of the best Robins I've heard over the years... As with Christopher, so with Frederick Reeder. His is a detailed, technically adroit performance of Despard... Michael Borowitz offers inspired direction...I still prefer the Sadler's Wells by virtue of completeness, overall professionalism, and a few outstanding soloists, but this entry from the Ohio Light Opera has much to recommend it." - Barry Brenesal, FanfareNotes & Reviews:
Recording information: Wooster College, Wooster, OH (2009).
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Works DetailsSullivan, Arthur : Ruddigore
- Conductor: Michael Borowitz
- Running Time: 5 min. 57 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1887