Gilbert & Sullivan Austin presents Cox and Box
Gilbert & Sullivan Austin will present Cox and Box. First performed in 1866, it was Arthur Sullivan’s first comic opera, and this may be the first full-length production ever in Austin of this little gem.
Sullivan cut his comic-operatic teeth on Cox and Box several years before he was introduced to W.S. Gilbert, and enlivened F. C. Burnand's libretto with operatic parodies, a send-up of Victorian drawing-room songs, and other memorable musical nonsense. It makes clear that the young musician's destiny was in composing for the comic-operatic stage.