Greenwich singers star in Pirates of Penzance

The Major-General’s daughter Edith, Brett Kroeger of Riverside, and one of her pirate pursuers, Guy Stretton of Old Greenwich, will appear at the Norwalk Concert Hall April 5 and Stamford’s Rippowam School April 12 in a new production of Pirates of Penzance.

The Major-General’s daughter Edith, Brett Kroeger of Riverside, and one of her pirate pursuers, Guy Stretton of Old Greenwich, will appear at the Norwalk Concert Hall April 5 and Stamford’s Rippowam School April 12 in a new production of Pirates of Penzance.

Local singers will take the stage of the Troupers Light Opera production of The Pirates of Penzance on April 5 in Norwalk and April 12 in Stamford.

Soprano Brett Kroeger of Riverside will be singing as Edith, one of Major General Stanley’s more loquacious daughters, and tenor Guy Stretton of Old Greenwich will be one of the villainous pirates who seek to abduct and marry those daughters.

This play marks Ms. Kroeger’s second performance with Troupers Light Opera, after her role last year as Gretchen in Victor Herbert’s The Red Mill. Ms. Kroeger has appeared with the Opera Manhattan Repertory Theater and the Dicapo Opera Theater and has given recitals in New York and Chicago and Italy.

Mr. Stretton is a veteran of Troupers Light Opera performances, having sung with Troupers since the 1980s in all of the major operas in the Gilbert and Sullivan repertoire.

In addition to Ms. Kroeger and Mr. Stretton, the Troupers cast stars Marin Robarts of Mamaroneck as Mabel, David Richy of Larchmont as Frederick, John Matilaine of Armonk as the Sergeant of Police, and Norwalk residents Sam Ross as Major-General Stanley, Bob Scrofani as the Pirate King, and Deborah Connelly as Isabel. Contralto Wendy Falconer of Stamford will sing the role of Kate, and Jim Cooper of Wilton will be Samuel the pirate lieutenant.

The original Pirates of Penzance opened in New York City in December 1879, the only Gilbert and Sullivan opera to have debuted in the United States. Today it is one of the “most oft-performed” of the Gilbert and Sullivan repertoire. The Troupers Light Opera began in 1946 as an informal group that put on Gilbert and Sullivan operas in private homes. Today, the company has grown to be a large enterprise, performing with a live orchestra, costumes, and complete stage sets. This year, the group is under the musical direction of Dan Montez and Jun Nakabayashi, with full orchestra, period costumes and professional set design.

The Pirates of Penzance will be performed at the Norwalk Concert Hall on April 5 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., and at Rippowam School, Stamford, on April 12 at 2:30 and 7:30.

Tickets are available at Trouperslightopera.org or by calling 800-838-3006.

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