Patience – Fall 2024

The Pittsburgh Savoyards continue their 87th season this fall with Gilbert and Sullivan’s aesthetic operetta, Patience. Performances will be held October 4-6 and 11-13 2024 at the Greater Pittsburgh Masonic Center in Ross Township, PA (Directions and parking). Online livestreams will also be available! Select performances will feature full supertitles for both lyrics and dialogue; others will feature supertitles for lyrics only.

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Performance dates and times are as follows:

  • Friday, October 4 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, October 5 at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, October 6 at 2:30 pm
  • Friday, October 11 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, October 12 at 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, October 13 at 2:30 pm

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Patience; or, Bunthorne’s Bride, satirizes the aesthetic movement of the 1870s and 1880s. Two rival poets, Reginald Bunthorne and Archibald Grosvenor, vie for the affection of the beautiful dairy maid Patience. Bunthorne is a self-proclaimed aesthetic who attracts the attention of the local maidens, despite secretly being a fraud who loathes the movement. Patience, uninterested in the poets, initially struggles with the concept of true love. She ultimately finds herself drawn to Grosvenor, who is genuinely handsome and charming. Meanwhile, the officers of the Dragoon Guards also desire the attention of the maidens, and go to great lengths to try to woo them. The opera humorously critiques the pretensions of the art world and the fickleness of romantic ideals, ending with a series of romantic resolutions that leave the characters paired off happily.

Patience is Gilbert & Sullivan’s sixth composition as a duo and originally premiered in April of 1881. It was the first opera to be performed at the Savoy Theatre in London (the origin of the term “Savoyard”), which was the first theatre in the world to be lit entirely by electric lighting.

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Music Director – Guy Russo
Stage Director – Patrick Daniel
Production Manager – Lynette Garlan
Production Stage Manager – Andrea Lisiak
Technical Director – Robert Hockenberry
Lighting Designer – Garth Schafer