Gilbert and Sullivan’s first full-length operetta, The Sorcerer, was only modestly successful at its debut in 1877, never achieving the popularity of later works like The Mikado or H.M.S. Pinafore. It is rarely produced today (though it has been reinstated in the D’Oyly Carte repertory) and many G&S fans have never even heard of it.

Why on earth should this be so? The glorious production The Sorcerer received at Bard College’s Summerscape Festival this August reveals it as fully worthy to stand alongside Gilbert and Sullivan’s other confections. Notwithstanding the drubbing Bard received in the last issue of this magazine, the Summerscape Festival at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts has proved a blessing for the Hudson Valley, and the festival’s habit of presenting rarely seen works is especially welcome; along with The Sorcerer, this summer’s offerings...


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