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Iolanthe (1982)

Strephon, a shepherd (the son of a Fairy, Iolanthe, and a mortal), is in love with Phyllis, a shepherdess. He wants to marry her, but, although Phyllis also loves Strephon, she has a ... See full summary »

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Derek Hammond-Stroud ... The Lord Chancellor
Beverley Mills ... Iolanthe
Anne Collins ... Queen of the Fairies
Alexander Oliver ... Strephon
Kate Flowers ... Phyllis
Thomas Hemsley ... Earl of Mountararat
David Hillman ... Earl Tolloller
Pamela Field ... Leila
Sandra Dugdale ... Celia
Richard Van Allan ... Pvt. Willis
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Strephon, a shepherd (the son of a Fairy, Iolanthe, and a mortal), is in love with Phyllis, a shepherdess. He wants to marry her, but, although Phyllis also loves Strephon, she has a dilemma - she is so beautiful that all of the House of Lords, as well as her guardian, the Lord Chancellor, are also desirous of marrying her. There are many complications - including the peers being threatened by the Fairies - before a happy conclusion is reached by all. Written by David McAnally <D.McAnally@uq.net.au>

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Wonderful performance with a few minor glitches
30 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

When I bought this video, I had no idea what this opera was about, not to mention no idea what the music was like. I bought it because I was, and still am, a big fanatic of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas. So this video was my first exposure to this particular opera. I enjoyed this video more than I had some of the previous videos I bought (H.M.S. Pinafore for example). The cast delivers a wonderful performance, especially Derek Hammond-Stroud in the role of the Lord Chancellor. Though I prefer the D'Oyly Carte recording with John Reed as the Lord Chancellor, Hammond-Stroud gives a strong performance along with most of the other cast members. The only member of the cast I didn't care for was Alexander Oliver in the role of Strephon. I just can't figure out why they cast a tenor in a baritone role. Not only that, he also kind of "overacted" a bit during some of his dialogue scenes. Another complaint is that a member of the chorus of peers was noticeably flat, which made the processional song sort of uncomfortable to listen to. Over all, however, it's a wonderful production with many strong points which more than compensate for its few faults.


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