Savoy Express, a San Francisco Bay Area repertory company presents "Gilbert and Sullivan - The Aspects of Love" on Friday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the Stuart Steiner Theatre. Spanning twenty five years beginning in 1871, the operatic team of Sir William Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan collaborated on thirteen comic operas.
Tickets for this event are $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for students and senior citizens. Genesee students with a valid ID pay only $2.00.
Featuring eight members from three prominent San Francisco Bay Area opera companies, Savoy Express includes western New York native Clifton Romig as bass baritone. They have performed across the United States and abroad with local, regional, national, and international touring companies presenting full-scale productions as well as revue-style "potpourris", a mix of songs and scenes from The Mikado, HMS Pinafore, Pirates of Penzance as well as Yeoman of the Guard and Iolanthe. The Pacific Sun calls these veteran singers, "vocal gymnasts" and rates them as a "Best Bet" in entertainment.
Tenor Ken Malucelli, who wrote and also directs "Aspects of Love" explains, "Through our potpourris, which offer the best of the best, we want to help promote awareness and foster support of the company and of Gilbert and Sullivan in general. We have quality singers and actors. It's really a cream-of-the-crop company." Joshua LaForce, also a tenor with Savoy Express says, "I love the opportunity Savoy Express offers to expose people to this witty, charming music." Gilbert and Sullivan parodied grand opera, poking fun at societal and political institutions of the Victorian age. "In their day," LaForce continues, "they were unique in many aspects-the use of the chorus as a dramatic device, the special effects that were unknown to the theatre of the time, and the unusual, zany dialogue. Their music offers a rich tapestry and lushness of discovery."
Reservations for general seating can be made by calling the Genesee Center for the Arts Box Office at (585) 345-6814.