By Burnard and Sullivan / Pietro Mascagni. Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Victoria. Director: Adrian Glaubert. Musical Director: Timothy Wilson. Venue: Knox Community Arts Centre. July 16 – 19, 2015
I wasn’t sure what to expect, with The Gilbert and Sullivan Society performing, in a smaller auditorium in outer suburban Melbourne, a work I’d never heard of and a verismo opera well outside their usual fare with a keyboard and string quartet. It was surprisingly good.
The Contrabandista is a farce by Burnard and Sullivan, who wrote Cox and Box. It was not an undiscovered masterpiece, but under the expert direction of Adrian Glaubert, highly entertaining. This was mainly to do with the strength of the performers.