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Bob

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Music

François Cellier (born London, 14 December 1849; died Kingston-upon-Thames, 5 January 1914).

Text 

Cunningham Bridgeman.

 

Premieres

First Performance:  Walsall, April 1904.

First performance in Scotland:  tbc.

 

Background

Bob was one of the last one-act curtain-raisers or after-pieces used by D'Oyly Carte to extend an evening.  Only two of these maintained a foothald in the company's repertoire in later years, both with music by Sullivan.  These were Cox and Box, with a text by Burnand, and the far more successful Trial By Jury, written by Gilbert.  Trial had started life in 1875 as a curtain-raiser for an Offenbach piece, La Périchole, and such was the success of the G & S piece that the Offenbach has only quite recently been recognised in this country as a quality work in its own right.

 

Characters

Minnie Hill (soprano)

Lady Mabel (mezzo-soprano).

Mons Sarsenet (baritone)

Bob Berkeley (tenor)

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