Gilbert and Sullivan’s greatest operettas to be aired in concerts

Rebecca Bottone, soloist  in HMS PInafore.on February 6
Rebecca Bottone, soloist in HMS PInafore.on February 6

Gilbert & Sullivan fans are in for a treat when a professional company stages concert performances of the 19th century duo’s greatest operettas,

HMS Pinafore and Iolanthe.

Both of Tarantara’s productions at Buxton Opera House in February feature a large orchestra of 26 players supporting some ofthe country’s most accomplished and celebrated G&S singers.

Salty tars, sisters, cousins and aunts sparkle in HMS Pinafore while redoubtable peers and peris take to the stage in Iolanthe.

The concerts contain some of the greatest melodies ever written including A Maiden Fair To See and When I Was A Lad from HMS Pinafore and The Nightmare Song from Iolanthe.

With lilting melodies, gorgeous orchestrations and razor sharp wit G&S is still as relevant to today’s audiences, as they were in the 1800s.

Beloved across the country either by those who have performed in productions or discovered the witty relevance of these satirical gems, here is a chance to enjoy some of the country’s finest G&S shows by a superb cast.

Performing on Saturday night will be Rebecca Bottone, pictured, an international soprano whose concert engagements have included the BBC Proms and English Touring Chamber Orchestra.

Conductor Martin Handley’s voice will be familiar to listeners of BBC Radio 3, where he works as a broadcaster, a job which he fits in between conducting all over the world.

Tarantara visits with HMS Pinafore on Wednesday, February 3, and Saturday, February 6, at 7.30pm, with a Saturday matinee show at 2.30pm. Iolanthe takes place on Thursday, February 4 and Friday, February 5, at 7.30pm.

Tickets range from £14 to £32 and discounts are available. To buy tickets call the box office on 01298 72190 or visit