Beggar’s Opera, The
- Robert D. Hume
Ballad opera in three acts arranged by Johann Christoph Pepusch to a libretto by John Gay ; London, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, 29 January 1728.
The Beggar’s Opera took London by storm, and it remains one of the most frequently performed operatic works in English. There was no precedent or model for the work. Gay was a disappointed seeker of court patronage at the time of the première. A friend of Pope and Swift, he had written seven mostly undistinguished plays and a fair quantity of verse....