Victorian English Opera

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operas

1871 - 1900

 

The list below includes all the best known operas from this period and has been drawn mainly from Paul Rodmell's Opera in the British Isles, 1875-1918, (Farnham, UK: Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 2013), where further details on them can be found. Rodmell actually identifies 58 operas during this time but quite a few had very limited exposure and have been lost.

Where an opera has been found that was not covered by Rodmell, a web page has been added.

 

Opera

Composer

Librettist

Place

Première

 

 

 

 

 

Pauline

Cowen, Frederic

Hersee, Henry

Lyceum

1876/11/22

 

 

 

 

 

The Lancashire Witches

Stanislaus, Frederick

Gunton, R.T.

Theatre Royal, Manchester

1879/10/20

 

 

 

 

 

The Veiled Prophet of Khorassan

Stanford,
Charles Villiers

Squire,
William Barclay

Hoftheater, Hannover

1881/02/06

 

 

 

 

 

Esmeralda

Thomas, Arthur Goring

Marzials, T. and
Alberto Randegger

Drury Lane

1883/03/26

Victorian

Edwards, Julian

Anderson, J.

Theatre Royal
Sheffield

1883/04/06

Colomba

MacKenzie, Alexander

Hueffer, Francis

Drury Lane

1883/04/09

 

 

 

 

 

Savonarola

Stanford,
Charles Villiers

A'Beckett, Gilbert

Stadttheater, Hamburg

1884/04/18

The Canterbury Pilgrims

Stanford,
Charles Villiers

A'Beckett, Gilbert

Drury Lane

1884/04/26

 

 

 

 

 

Nadeshda

Thomas, Arthur Goring

Sturgis, Julian

Drury Lane

1885/04/16

 

 

 

 

 

The Troubadour

MacKenzie, Alexander

Hueffer, Francis

Drury Lane

1886/06/08

 

 

 

 

 

Nordisa

Corder, Frederick

Corder, Frederick

Royal Court,
Liverpool

1887/01/26

Robert Macaire

Fox, George

Fox, George

Crystal Palace

1887/09/20

 

 

 

 

 

The Corsican Brothers

Fox, George

Bradberry, Charles

Crystal Palace

1888/09/25

 

 

 

 

 

The Castle of Como

Cockle, George

Searle, Charles

Opera  Comique
London

1889/10/02

 

 

 

 

 

Thorgrim

Cowen, Frederic

Bennett, Joseph

Drury Lane

1890/04/22

 

 

 

 

 

Ivanhoe

Sullivan,
Arthur Seymour

Sturgis, Julian

Royal English Opera House

1891/01/31

 

 

 

 

 

Nydia

Fox, George

Fox, George

Crystal Palace

1892/05/10

Caedmar

Bantock, Granville

Bantock, Granville

Crystal Palace

1892/10/18

 

 

 

 

 

Signa

Cowen, Frederic

A'Beckett, Gilbert &
Rudall, H.

Teatro dal
Verme, Milan

1893/11/12

King Rene's Daughter

Edwards, Julian

Stange, Stanislaus

Herrmann's,
New York

1893/11/22

         

Ethelinda (Etelinda)

Jessup, Mildred, Bowes-Lyon

Jessup, Augustus Edward

Teatro della Pergola,
Florence

1894/04/03

 

 

 

 

 

Jeanie Deans

MacCunn, Hamish

Bennett, Joseph

Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

1894/12/15

 

 

 

 

 

Harold

Cowen, Frederic

Malet, Edward
Weatherly, Frederick

Covent Garden

1895/06/08

Petruccio

Maclean, Alick

"Sheridan Ross"

Covent Garden

1895/06/29

 

 

 

 

 

Shamus O'Brien

Stanford,
Charles Villiers

Jessop, George

Opera Comique, London

1896/02/02

 

 

 

 

 

Adela

Tolkein, Frederick

Tolkein, Frederick

Court Theatre, Wigan

1897/04/14

The Prentice Pillar

Somerville, Reginald

Eden, Guy

Her Majesty's

1897/09/24

Diarmid

MacCunn, Hamish

Campbell, John

Covent Garden

1897/10/23

King Arthur

MacAlpin, Colin

MacAlpin, Colin

Temperence Hall, Leicester

1897/11/05

 

 

 

 

 

The Beauty Stone

Sullivan,
Arthur Seymour

Pinero, Arthur W. and
J. Comyns Carr

Savoy Theatre

1898/05/28

The Red Spider

Drysdale, Learmont

Baring Gould, S.

Marina Theatre,
Lowestoft

1898/07/25

 

 

 

 

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