|A Welsh Sunset
First produced at the Savoy Theatre on 15th July 1908 and played with H.M.S. Pinafore and The Pirates of Penzance until 17th October, and from 2nd December until 24th February 1909, a total of 85 intermittent performances.
No printed libretto in British Library.
Vocal Score, which gives full dialogue, published by Metzler, copy in British Library at F.690.v.(1). .
In September, when Beatrice Meredith "went on" for Jessie Rose as Hebe in H.M.S. Pinafore, Lillias Engholm took over Jenny Jones. It seems that during the autumn H. Enes Blackmore and Ernest Leeman played some performances as Griffith David, Ellen Whyte as Mrs. Jones and Fred Pattrick as Owen Rhys. When A Welsh Sunset was revived with The Pirates of Penzance in December, most of the original singers had resumed touring and the piece was largely recast:
The score consists of two solos for Griffith, a solo for Jenny, a trio for the three men, and a chorus.
Jenny and Griffith are in love. Griffith has a great tenor voice and has been singing an audition for Covent Garden opera. It is evening, Jenny and her mother are waiting for the boys to come home, and are joined by the other village girls. Griffith has been successful, and when he arrives he tells Jenny of the wonderful rich and famous life that awaits her in London. But Jenny is dying (? of consumption) and expires in her lover's arms. Griffith realises that without her the rest of his career will be totally empty.
"What's the good of fame and money now? It was for her, and now I can give her nothing!"
20 January, 2010