January 9, 2020


The Simsbury Light Opera Company ( is looking for a TENOR for role of FREDERIC in our March/April 2020 production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance.” SLOCO, Connecticut’s oldest Gilbert & Sullivan company, is a fun-loving, welcoming, talented group of light opera singers.

FREDERIC (Tenor, D3-A4): Frederic, a young lad of age 21, is the opera’s pivotal character, with a large amount of dialogue and singing. It’s a great role for an accomplished singer/actor.

Plot summary (from the G&S Archive –
Frederic was as a child apprenticed to a band of tenderhearted, orphaned pirates by his nurse who, being hard of hearing, had mistaken her master’s instructions to apprentice the boy to a pilot. Frederic, upon completing his 21st year, rejoices that he has fulfilled his indentures and is now free to return to respectable society. But it turns out that he was born on February 29 in leap year, and he remains apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday. By the end of the opera, the pirates, a Major-General who knows nothing of military strategy, his large family of beautiful but unwed daughters, and the timid constabulary all contribute to a cacophony that can be silenced only by Queen Victoria’s name.

The show will be fully staged and costumed, with chamber orchestra.  SLOCO rehearses Sunday and Tuesday evenings, starting January 12, in Simsbury at 5 Herman Drive.  Dues of $50 ($35 for students) are required.  There is no stipend.  Performances are March 28 and April 4 & 5 at Eno Memorial Hall in Simsbury.

If interested, please contact Artistic Director Renee Haines at or 860-276-1000.

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