Australia’s first-ever festival of Gilbert and Sullivan’s works opens in Adelaide

A 10-day festival celebrating the comic genius of Gilbert and Sullivan is attracting new audiences and die-hard supporters.
Stuart Maunder Photo credit: Thant Photography

The brainchild of Stuart Maunder, Artistic Director of State Opera of South Australia (SOSA), G&S Fest presents the versatility of British humourists, composer Arthur Sullivan and lyricist William S Gilbert, when it opens in Adelaide this week.

Once the staple of school productions and amateur musical theatre companies, but for over a century most closely associated with the UK’s famed D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, these satirical operettas have gone out of fashion in recent years, mostly overtaken by Broadway musicals.

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Suzannah Conway is an experienced arts administrator, having been CEO of Opera Queensland, the Brisbane Riverfestival and the Centenary of Federation celebrations for Queensland. She is a freelance arts writer and has been writing reviews and articles for over 20 years, regularly reviewing classical music, opera and musical theatre in particular for The Australian and Limelight magazine as well as other journals. Most recently she was Arts Hub's Brisbane-based Arts Feature Writer.