The Ohio Light Opera

Catalog #: TROY1164-65
Release Date: December 1, 2009
Format: Digital

Gilbert & Sullivan's hilarious 1887 Gothic comic opera, complete with dialogue and music, was recorded at the 2009 Festival of the Ohio Light Opera. Originally titled Ruddygore, the name, which meant bloody gore, gave offense at the premiere and the more acceptable Ruddigore was substituted. Cat-calls sayings "Give us back the Mikado" during the bows prompted a substantial reworking of the action. Despite the initial reception, the show ran for almost 300 performances. The score, full of ingratiating melodies, also boasts some novel touches as well as the usual comic patter songs and tuneful ballads. The extraordinary music for the ghosts in Act II represents Sullivan at his most inspired.


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Title Composer Performer
Ruddigore Gilbert & Sullivan Ohio Light Opera, Michael Borowitz, conductor


  • "...any Ruddigore-lover's fondest wish has come true. .."

    – Brattleboro Reformer

  • "All the performances are first class... Conductor Michael Borowitz exhibits absolute command over the wit and verve.."

    – Opera News

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