Victorian English Opera

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operas

1871 - 1900

 

The list below includes all the best known operas from this period and has been drawn mainly from Paul Rodmell's Opera in the British Isles, 1875-1918, (Farnham, UK: Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 2013). Rodmell actually identifies 58 operas during this time but quite a few had very limited exposure and have been lost. The list has been included for completeness pending more detailed descriptions.

 

Opera

Composer

Librettist

Place

Première

 

 

 

 

 

Pauline

Cowen, Frederic

Hersee, Henry

Lyceum

1876/11/22

 

 

 

 

 

The Lancashire Witches

Stanislaus, Frederick

Gunton, R.T.

Theatre Royal, Manchester

1879/10/20

 

 

 

 

 

The Veiled Prophet of Khorassan

Stanford,
Charles Villiers

Squire,
William Barclay

Hoftheater, Hannover

1881/02/06

 

 

 

 

 

Esmeralda

Thomas, Arthur Goring

Marzials, T. and
Alberto Randegger

Drury Lane

1883/03/26

Victorian

Edwards, Julian

Anderson, J.

Theatre Royal
Sheffield

1883/04/06

Colomba

MacKenzie, Alexander

Hueffer, Francis

Drury Lane

1883/04/09

 

 

 

 

 

Savonarola

Stanford,
Charles Villiers

A'Beckett, Gilbert

Stadttheater, Hamburg

1884/04/18

The Canterbury Pilgrims

Stanford,
Charles Villiers

A'Beckett, Gilbert

Drury Lane

1884/04/26

 

 

 

 

 

Nadeshda

Thomas, Arthur Goring

Sturgis, Julian

Drury Lane

1885/04/16

 

 

 

 

 

The Troubadour

MacKenzie, Alexander

Hueffer, Francis

Drury Lane

1886/06/08

 

 

 

 

 

Nordisa

Corder, Frederick

Corder, Frederick

Royal Court,
Liverpool

1887/01/26

Robert Macaire

Fox, George

Fox, George

Crystal Palace

1887/09/20

 

 

 

 

 

The Corsican Brothers

Fox, George

Bradberry, Charles

Crystal Palace

1888/09/25

 

 

 

 

 

The Castle of Como

Cockle, George

Searle, Charles

Opera  Comique
London

1889/10/02

 

 

 

 

 

Thorgrim

Cowen, Frederic

Bennett, Joseph

Drury Lane

1890/04/22

 

 

 

 

 

Ivanhoe

Sullivan,
Arthur Seymour

Sturgis, Julian

Royal English Opera House

1891/01/31

 

 

 

 

 

Nydia

Fox, George

Fox, George

Crystal Palace

1892/05/10

Caedmar

Bantock, Granville

Bantock, Granville

Crystal Palace

1892/10/18

 

 

 

 

 

Signa

Cowen, Frederic

A'Beckett, Gilbert &
Rudall, H.

Teatro dal
Verme, Milan

1893/11/12

King Rene's Daughter

Edwards, Julian

Stange, Stanislaus

Herrmann's,
New York

1893/11/22

 

 

 

 

 

Jeanie Deans

MacCunn, Hamish

Bennett, Joseph

Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

1894/12/15

 

 

 

 

 

Harold

Cowen, Frederic

Malet, Edward
Weatherly, Frederick

Covent Garden

1895/06/08

Petruccio

Maclean, Alick

"Sheridan Ross"

Covent Garden

1895/06/29

 

 

 

 

 

Shamus O'Brien

Stanford,
Charles Villiers

Jessop, George

Opera Comique, London

1896/02/02

 

 

 

 

 

Adela

Tolkein, Frederick

Tolkein, Frederick

Court Theatre, Wigan

1897/04/14

The Prentice Pillar

Somerville, Reginald

Eden, Guy

Her Majesty's

1897/09/24

Diarmid

MacCunn, Hamish

Campbell, John

Covent Garden

1897/10/23

King Arthur

MacAlpin, Colin

MacAlpin, Colin

Temperence Hall, Leicester

1897/11/05

 

 

 

 

 

The Beauty Stone

Sullivan,
Arthur Seymour

Pinero, Arthur W. and
J. Comyns Carr

Savoy Theatre

1898/05/28

The Red Spider

Drysdale, Learmont

Baring Gould, S.

Marina Theatre,
Lowestoft

1898/07/25

 

 

 

 

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