Course DescriptionThose who lived in Victorian England had to deal with rigid rules of conduct and a class structure that rigorously prescribed each person’s station in life. Out of this structure came two men who turned London society upside-down and almost immediately became international successes. Gilbert and Sullivan first collaborated in 1871 and went on to write 14 operettas that satirized British society and lambasted the pomposity of the rich and famous. In this course, we examine the relationship between these two men, watch videos that bring Gilbert and Sullivan’s works to life, and mostly enjoy Gilbert’s witty and satirical lyrics while falling in love with the music of Arthur Sullivan.
Mary Ann Wilson