A fantastic musical play by Lionel Monckton and Howard Talbot.
The Arcadians is generally acknowledged to be the finest of the Edwardian musical comedies that followed in the wake of Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic operas. Its stirring overture, operatic finales and wonderfully tuneful score made it an instant hit; and its tale of innocent ambassadors from a forgotten pastoral paradise who are sent to improve the morals of wicked London, struck a chord in “the last age of elegance”: a society already living on borrowed time, who knew its carefree hours were numbered.
Opera della Luna present the first professional performance of The Arcadians for decades. This is a semi-staged concert performance, with revised dialogue by Jeff Clarke, and new orchestration by David Russell Hulme.