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‘The Gondoliers’ Comes to Port Washington
The ardent song of a Venetian gondolier will be heard over Port Washington when the Gilbert & Sullivan Light Opera Company of Long Island presents its 2019 production of the classic Savoy opera The Gondoliers, with full orchestra, at the Landmark on Main Street on Saturday, June 29, at 8 p.m.
Directed by Gayden Wren, with music directed by Hyojung Helena Kim, The Gondoliers is the most effortlessly beautiful of the Gilbert & Sullivan operas, with a typically zany plot about a pair of gondoliers whose carefree life is disrupted when it turns out that one of them is the long-lost king of Barataria—but nobody can tell which one of them.
The score for The Gondoliers is packed with famous songs, including the pining ballad “Take a Pair of Sparkling Eyes,” the rattling patter song “In Enterprise of Martial Kind,” the ingenious argument quartet “In a Contemplative Fashion” and the bouncy “Rising Early in the Morning.” The opera is a merry farce that’s as funny now as it was a century ago. It’s guaranteed fun for the whole family.