• Edmond Rickett scoring: 1110/0000/pf/2vn.va.vc.db
  • SATB chorus
  • 4 Bass Baritones, 2 Tenors, 2 Baritones, 3 Sopranos, Contralto, Mezzo soprano, 2 speaking roles
  • Libretto by William S. Gilbert.
  • English

Programme Note

King Hildebrand is awaiting the arrival of King Gamma, a neighbouring ruler whose daughter Ida was engaged twenty years earlier to Hildebrand’s son, Prince Hilarion. The party arrives, but without Princess Ida, who has gone to Castle Adamant to lead a women’s university that bars men. Hildebrand insists that if Ida does not go through with the marriage, Gamma and his sons will be hanged. To decide the matter, Ida’s brothers duel with Hilarion and two of his friends. When the brothers are wounded, Ida gives in to the inevitable.