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“When I go out of door” August 2, 2006

Posted by Jeff in Dance, English, Opera, Theater.

From Gilbert & Sullivan’s Patience, staged by Opera Australia. Reginald Bunthorne, an aesthetic poet (Dennis Olson) has threatened Archibald Grosvenor, an idyllic poet (Anthony Warlow) with an evil curse unless he agrees to become a commonplace young man, so that Bunthorne can regain the eye of the local maidens. Of course, it all falls apart on Bunthorne, as the young ladies become commonplace to follow Grosvenor …

It has been commonly believed that Reginald Bunthorne was based on Oscar Wilde, but in fact this was most likely an early example of cross-promotion by Richard D’Oyly Carte, who produced the Savoyard operas and also managed Wilde’s speaking tours. In fact, there are traces of Wilde in Bunthorne, but also of Whistler, Rossetti, and even Coleridge. And there have been any number of Grosvenors over the years …


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