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Oh Joy! Oh Rapture!The Enduring Phenomenon of Gilbert and Sullivan$
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Ian Bradley

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195328943

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195328943.001.0001

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A Thing of Shreds and Patches: The D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, 1961–1982

A Thing of Shreds and Patches: The D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, 1961–1982

(p.27) Two A Thing of Shreds and Patches: The D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, 1961–1982
Oh Joy! Oh Rapture!

Ian Bradley

Oxford University Press

From its foundation in 1875 until the expiry of copyright on Gilbert's works at the end of 1961, the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company had a monopoly on the professional performance of Gilbert and Sullivan in the United Kingdom. This chapter describes the events that transpired after 1961, with the ending of the copyright. The company chose to follow the promptings of its fans and continue in its role as keeper and transmitter of the holy grail of G & S tradition. The significant change made to adjust to the new situation created by the ending of the copyright was the creation of a charitable trust to which Bridget D'Oyly Carte gave over her own rights to the operas, the company's scenery, costumes, band parts, prompt books, royalties from recordings, and other assets.

Keywords:   Gilbert and Sullivan, United Kingdom, Savoy operas, Bridget D'Oyly Carte

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