H.M.S. Parliament , also titled The Lady Who Loved A Government Clerk , is a comic operetta. Published in 1880, it adapts the music of HMS Pinafore by Arthur Sullivan with a new libretto by the Canadian, William H. Fuller. The work satirizes contemporary Canadian politics. Even though it is thought that Sir John A Macdonald and his government were corrupt, this spoof on the political climate was written “for the fun of things”.
This is a light hearted yet witty piece and an excellent way to introduce the spectacle of opera to a wider audience in Kenora. The music is familiar and accessible, and coming on the heels of the Canadian 2019 election, it will be a timely production.