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Patience (operetta)
This article refers to the operetta. For other meanings, see Patience (disambiguation).

Patience, or Bunthorne's Bride, is a comic Gilbert and Sullivan operetta in two acts, with music by composer Arthur S. Sullivan and libretto by William S. Gilbert. First performed at the Opera Comique, London, on April 23, 1881, it moved to the 1292-seat Savoy Theatre on October 10, 1881, where it was the first theatre production in the world to be lit by electric light. Henceforth, the G&S comic operas would be known as the "Savoy Operas" and both fans and performers of G&S would come to be known as "Savoyards." File links The following pages link to this file: Abraham Lincoln Aristotle Ayn Rand Adolf Hitler Al Gore A Modest Proposal Articles of Confederation Arthur Schopenhauer Albert Einstein Amhrán na bhFiann Arthur Conan Doyle Ada programming language Antarctic Treaty System Andrew Jackson Andrew Johnson Adam Smith Bill Clinton Bible... Wikisource is a sister project to Wikipedia that aims to create a free wiki library of primary source texts, and translations of source texts in any language. ... Operetta (literally, little opera) is a performance art-form similar to opera, though it generally deals with less serious topics. ... Patience has several meanings: Patience, the virtue Patience, or Bunthornes Bride, an operetta by Gilbert and Sullivan Patience, the British English term for solo card games (usually known in American English as solitaire) Patience sorting Patience, a Middle English poem. ... Playwright/lyricist William S. Gilbert (1836-1911) and composer Arthur S. Sullivan (1842-1900) defined operetta or comic operas in Victorian England with a series of their internationally successful and timeless works known as the Savoy Operas. ... Operetta (literally, little opera) is a performance art-form similar to opera, though it generally deals with less serious topics. ... Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan (May 13, 1842–November 22, 1900) was a British composer best known for his operatic collaborations with librettist William S. Gilbert. ... Sir William Schwenck Gilbert (November 18, 1836 - May 29, 1911) was a British dramatist and librettist best known for his operatic collaborations with the composer Arthur Sullivan. ... The Opéra-Comique is an opera house in Paris. ... St. ... Savoy Theatre London, December 2003 The Savoy Theatre, which opened on 10 October 1881, was built by Richard DOyly Carte (1844 - 1901) on the site of the old Savoy Palace in London as a showcase for the works of Gilbert and Sullivan, which became known as the Savoy Operas...


This comic opera is a satire upon the aesthetic movement of nineteenth-century England. In particular, many have accepted that the central character, Bunthorne, was intended to satirize Oscar Wilde, but this identification is probably retrospective: there is a better case that Reginald Bunthorne, a "Fleshly Poet", is based on Algernon Swinburne, who was more famous than Wilde in 1881 and who had been assailed for immorality by Robert Buchanan (under the pseudonym of Thomas Maitland) in an article called "The Fleshly School of Poetry", published in the Contemporary Review for October, 1871. While Gilbert may or may not have intended to satirize Swinburne, the makeup and costume adopted by the first Bunthorne, George Grossmith, used the hair style and monocle of the painter James McNeill Whistler, the velvet jacket of Swinburne and the knee-breeches of Wilde. The Aesthetic movement is a loosely defined movement in art and literature in later nineteenth century Britain. ... Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area  - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 1st UK 49,138,831 377/km² Ethnicity... Oscar Wilde Oscar Fingal OFlahertie Wills Wilde (October 16, 1854 – November 30, 1900) was an Anglo-Irish playwright, novelist, poet, and short story writer. ... Algernon Charles Swinburne ( April 5, 1837 - April 10, 1909) was a Victorian era English poet. ... Robert Buchanan (1813-1866) was an Owenite lecturer and journalist, and the father of Robert Williams Buchanan. ... October is the tenth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 1871 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... George Grossmith, as illustrated in The Idler magazine, 1897 George Grossmith (December 7, 1847 - March 1, 1912) was an English actor and comic writer, best remembered for his work with Gilbert & Sullivan. ... Self portrait James Abbott McNeill Whistler (July 14, 1834 – July 17, 1903) was an American painter and etcher. ...


Impresario Richard D'Oyly Carte, who built the Savoy Theatre, partnered with G&S and served as producer of all the G&S shows, was also the booking manager for Oscar Wilde. It was he who despatched Oscar, in all the glory of his green carnation and knee-breeches, to New York and points west to enlighten Americans on the English Aesthetic Movement and, incidentally, to build up the box office for Patience. Wilde even agreed to attend one of the early performances of Patience, with suitable publicity arranged by Helen Lenoir, who would become the second Mrs. D'Oyly Carte. An impresario is a manager or producer in one of the entertainment industries, usually music or theatre. ... Richard DOyly Carte (May 3, 1844 – April 3, 1901) was a London theatrical impresario during the latter half of the nineteenth century. ...


Patience was originally conceived by W. S. Gilbert as a tale of rivalry between two curates and of the groupies who attended upon them. The plot and even some of the dialogue was lifted straight out of Gilbert's Bab Ballad The Rival Curates. Some remnants of that version survive in the final text of Patience. Bunthorne says of Grosvenor, "Your style is much too sanctified – your cut is too canonical!" Later, Grosvenor agrees to change his lifestyle by saying, "I do it on compulsion!" – the very words used by the Reverend Hopley Porter in the Ballad. During the course of writing the libretto, however, Gilbert took note of the criticism he had received for his very mild satirizing of a clergyman in The Sorcerer, and looked about for an alternate pair of rivals. The aesthetes proved to be a gift to topsy-turvydom. This article needs to be wikified. ... Wikisource has original text related to this article: The Sorcerer The Sorcerer is the earliest surviving two-act Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. ...

Contents


Plot

Act 1

In front of Castle Bunthorne, a group of "lovesick maidens" mope about, dramatically sighing as they inform the audience that they're one and all in love with the aesthetic poet Bunthorne ("Twenty lovesick maidens we"). Lady Jane, the oldest and plainest of the ladies, informs them that Bunthorne, far from returning their affections, has his heart set on the simple, unpretensious milkmaid Patience. Patience herself appears, and, when asked about Bunthorne, confesses that she has never loved him - or anyone else - and is thankful that love has not turned her miserable as it has them ("I cannot tell what this love may be") Soon, the ladies' old sweethearts, the Dragoon Guards, appear ("The Soldiers of our Queen"), only to be coldly rebuffed and mocked by the poetically-obsessed ladies.. In contrast, when the poet Bunthorne arrives and announces himself to be in the throes of poetical composition, ignoring the attention as the ladies throng around him ("In a doleful train") while the Dragoons stand to the side in shock ("When I first put this uniform on").


When Bunthorne is finally left alone, he confesses that his aestheticism is a complete act, and mocks the field's pretensions in a much-celebreted song ("If you're anxious for to shine"). Soon, Patience approaches and he confesses his love to her, yet she turns him down even after he reveals that he is a complete phony. Later, Lady Angela, one of Bunthorne's lovelorn followers, discusses Patience's inability to love since a childhood crush ("Long years ago"). Lady Angela rhapsodizes upon love as the one truly unselfish pursuit in the world. Impressed by this eloquence, Patience promises to fall in love at the earliest opportunity.


Said opportunity is provided by one Archibald Grosvenor, a fellow aesthete of Bunthorne's who turns out to be Patience's childhood love. The two declare themselves quite inclined to love one another ("Prithee, pretty maiden"), but are brought up short by the realization that their perfections mean that loving one another is a selfish act, and therefore impossible; thus, they must part. Patience goes forth to encounter Bunthorne in the act of raffling himself off among his lady followers ("Let the merry cymbal sound"), and proposes to unselfishly sacrifice herself by loving him. A delighted Bunthorne accepts immediately, and his followers, their idol lost, return to the Dragoons to whom they are engaged. All seems resolved when Grosvenor enters, and the ladies, finding him even more aesthetic than Bunthorne, become his partisans instead, much to Bunthorne's and Grosvenor's dismay ("Oh, list while we a love confess").


Act 2

Patience confesses her affection for Grosvenor to Bunthorne, who is naturally furious at the revelation. Confronting Grosvenor, Bunthorne threatens him with a dire curse unless he undertakes to become a perfectly ordinary young man. Grosvenor, intimidated, agrees to do so. This plot backfires, however, when Grosvenor reappears as an ordinary man; all of the ladies follow him into ordinariness, becoming "matter-of-fact young girls." Patience realizes that Grosvenor has lost his perfection in her eyes – and therefore, it's completely unselfish for her to marry him, which she undertakes to do without delay. The ladies, following suit, return to their old boyfriends among the Dragoons. In the spirit of fairness, a Duke among the Dragoons chooses Lady Jane as his paramour, for her very lack of appeal. Bunthorne is left to the love he has claimed (falsely) to desire most of all: poetry and flowers.


External link

  • The complete operetta online

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Poetry is all the rage in: Patience, at Rice - Printer Friendly Page - Recently Closed - TheatrePort (353 words)
Poetry is all the rage in: Patience, at Rice
The operetta tells the story of a superficial and flamboyant poet who has won the hearts of all the young ladies with his madly romantic behavior.
The operetta satirizes the period's "aesthetic" movement and its key figures, such as painter James Whistler and writer Oscar Wilde.
Patience (operetta) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1775 words)
Patience, or Bunthorne's Bride, is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W.
Patience herself appears, and, when asked about Bunthorne, confesses that she has never loved him – or anyone else – and is thankful that love has not turned her miserable as it has them ("I cannot tell what this love may be").
Patience goes forth, only to encounter Bunthorne in the act of raffling himself off among his lady followers ("Let the merry cymbal sound"), and proposes to unselfishly sacrifice herself by loving him.
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