Ruddigore, or, The Witch’s Curse

bookshelves: published-1887, winter-20142015, art-forms, music, under-50-ratings, cornwall, britain-england

Read from December 09 to 13, 2014
Description: In the town of Rederring, in Cornwall, a chorus of professional bridesmaids frets that there have been no weddings for the last six months. All of the eligible young men are hopeful of a union with Rose Maybud, the prettiest maiden in the village, yet they are too timid to approach her. The desperate bridesmaids ask Rose’s aunt, Dame Hannah, if she would consider marrying, but she has vowed to remain eternally single. Many years previously, she had been betrothed to “a god-like youth” who turned out to be Sir Roderic Murgatroyd, one of the bad baronets of Ruddigore. Only on her wedding day had she discovered his true identity.

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  Ruddigore; or, The Witch's Curse, 
originally called Ruddygore, 
is a comic opera in two acts.

From wiki: There is a priggishly good-mannered poor-but-virtuous heroine, a villain who carries off the maiden, a hero in disguise and his faithful old retainer who dreams of their former glory days, the snake-in-the-grass sailor who claims to be following his heart, the wild, mad girl, the swagger of fire-eating patriotism, ghosts coming to life to enforce a curse, and so forth. But Gilbert, in his customary topsy-turvy fashion, turns the moral absolutes of melodrama upside down: The hero becomes evil, the villain becomes good, and the virtuous maiden changes fiancés at the drop of a hat. The ghosts come back to life, foiling the curse, and all ends happily.

3* The Gondoliers
3* The Sorceror
4* Princess Ida
4* Iolanthe
5* HMS Pinafore
4* The Yeoman of the Guard
4* Patience
6* Mikado
2* Ruddigore

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