I was glad to see that Chris Pasles wrote a positive article on the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company revival ("Reviving the Gilbert & Sullivan Legacy," Oct. 14).
I wonder why it is so hard to stage a first-rate production of Gilbert and Sullivan. Is it because these operas are looked upon as being too middle-class in their appeal to warrant serious consideration by major companies?
A decade ago, the only hope that one had of seeing a good G&S production was an occasional visit by the D'Oyly Carte. Then when it finally did show, it was blasted by the press.
Considering that the company existed for the purpose of being "a source of innocent merriment," it is hard to imagine that the ripping it received was a punishment fit to the crime.