The Wandering Scholar & Trial by Jury
The Wandering Scholar | Gustav Holst (1874-1934) | Trial By Jury | Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900) & W.S. Gilbert (183-1911)
23, 29 October | 1 November
In 2014, all Shortwork Operas will be performed in Whites Hotel. This is a 5 min walk from Wexford Opera House.
Sung in English.
The Wandering Scholar
The Wandering Scholar, a one-act chamber opera which was Holst’s final opera, was written in 1929–1930 and first performed in Liverpool shortly before his death. Holst’s lifelong passion for English folk music permeates the witty score. The libretto, by Clifford Bax, is based on one of the tales from The Wandering Scholars by Helen Waddell.
It is set in thirteenth century France where Louis’ wife Alison prepares to ‘entertain’ her admirer Father Philippe. They are interrupted by the poor wandering scholar Pierre. Alison is sympathetic but the priest throws him out. However, Pierre returns with Louis and tells a story that uncovers the priest and the carryings-on.
Trial By Jury
Trial by Jury was commissioned as a short work to be played after an Offenbach comic opera in London in 1875. It was an immediate success and established one of the most famous of all theatrical and musical partnerships. Described as a dramatic cantata, Trial by Jury is Gilbert and Sullivan’s only opera that contains no spoken dialogue.
Edwin had promised to marry Angelina but jilted her and is taken to court in a breach of promise case. It is a delightful combination of Sullivan’s tuneful and sparkling music, Gilbert’s clever words and the absurdities that result when judge and jury become emotionally involved in the case.
The Festival Shortworks are made possible by the generous support of The Lord Magan of Castletown.