Dragon of Wantley, The
- Peter Holman
Burlesque opera in three acts by John Frederick Lampe to a libretto by Henry Carey; London, Little Theatre in the Haymarket, 16 May 1737.
This was Lampe’s first great success, and it came after about ten years’ work in the London theatre as a bassoonist and composer. Carey, his regular collaborator, probably came from the Rotherham area of Yorkshire, and would therefore have known the local legend of Moore of Moore Hall and the dragon of Wantley or Wharncliffe, though it was also well known nationally through the ballad printed by Thomas D’Urfey in ...