Opera Roanoke & Apprentices

Gilbert & Sullivan’s Trial By Jury

April 25, 2014, Friday at 7:30pm
The Jax Community Room

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Trial By Jury (1874) is one of Gilbert’s humorous spoofs of the law and the legal profession, based on his short experience as a barrister.  In the breach of promise of marriage suit heard by the court, the defendant argues that damages should be slight, since “he is such a very bad lot”, while the plaintiff argues that she loves the defendant fervently and seeks “substantial damages.”   After much argument, the judge resolves the case by marrying the lovely plaintiff himself.  With Sullivan’s brother, Fred, as the Learned Judge, the opera was a runaway hit, outlasting the run of Offenbach’s La Périchole, the opera for which it was created as a short “afterpiece”.

Founded in 1976 as the Southwest Virginia Opera Society (SVOS), Opera Roanoke has come into its own as one of the most successful arts organiza­tions in the region. Under the able steward­ship of Scott Williamson, the group has grown a significant audience, and draws singers, instrumentalists, and set design­ers of extraordinarily high artistic stature. Since the 1990s, Opera Roanoke has staged productions which have garnered national recognition.

Under Williamson’s leadership, and along with Amy Cofield Williamson, Opera Roanoke launched its Young Apprentice Artist Program. With a founding class of six apprentices, this initiative has grown to include two-dozen young artists from across Virginia and several neighboring states. New collaborative partnerships with the Taubman Museum of Art and Virginia Western Com­munity College (host of the Met “Live in HD” broadcasts), find Opera Roanoke thriv­ing in the heart of a vibrant arts community.

Returning to The Jax, this popular program of presentations by the Apprentice troupe has met with tremendous success. At each Floyd appearance, the group has premiered new productions that they subsequently take on the road to the regional audiences in their service area.


For more information about Opera Roanoke & Apprentices, visit their website, http://www.operaroanoke.org.

The Jax Concert Series has been sponsored by:

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The Reception for the “Opera Roanoke and Apprentices” concert has been sponsored by:

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