OP3129. RUGGIGORE (Gilbert & Sullivan), recorded 1987, w.Simon Phipps Cond.Sadlers Wells Ensemble; Marilyn Hill Smith, Gordon Sandison, Joan Davies, John Ayldon, etc. (UK) 2-TER 1128. Final Copy! - 5015062112825
“RUDDIGORE, or The Witch's Curse, is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert. It is one of the Savoy Operas and the tenth of fourteen comic operas written together by Gilbert and Sullivan. It was first performed by the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company at the Savoy Theatre in London on 22 January 1887.
The first night was not altogether a success, as critics and the audience felt that RUDDYGORE (as it was originally spelled) did not measure up to its predecessor, THE MIKADO. After some changes, including respelling the title, it achieved a run of 288 performances. The piece was profitable, and the reviews were not all bad.
There were further changes and cuts, including a new overture, when Rupert D'Oyly Carte revived RUDDIGORE after the First World War. Although never a big money-spinner, it remained in the repertoire until the company closed in 1982. A centenary revival at Sadler's Wells in London restored the opera to almost its original first-night state. After the expiration of the British copyright on Gilbert and Sullivan works in 1961, and especially since the Sadler's Wells production and recording, various directors have experimented with restoring some or all of the cut material in place of the 1920s D'Oyly Carte version.”
- Hans Lick