November 9th 2013 Concert £6 (£8)
"An Evening With..."
Geoff Porter and friends

"The Contrabandista"
A Concert Version with Libretto

accompanied by Nigel Smith ~ piano

"The Contrabandista" (1867) by F.C. Burnand and Arthur Sullivan followed the success of Cox and Box. Based on a book about Spanish brigands by Frances Burnand (who would later become Editor of Punch), in "The Contrabandista", Sullivan attempts a wide variety of musical styles. At times, these are more reminiscent of Offenbach than the German and Italian operatic masters that Sullivan is likened to.