Robert Cumming founded the Connecticut Gilbert & Sullivan Society in 1981. He has served as Artistic Director and Producer for a CG&SS Savoy Opera each year since then. Robert is a native of Nebraska. He was Editor of the Music Journal in New York City for 20 years. He then moved to Middletown, CT to write and serve as Corporate Librarian for the Weekly Reader.
Maestro Cumming has appeared in Who’s Who in America (Marquis) every year since 1970. CG&SS revived his operetta Rumpelstiltskin in 1993 with Trial by Jury. He directed the world premiere of Willard Roosevelt’s opera And the Walls Came Tumbling Down, the New York premiere of Strauss’ Intermezzo, G&S’s Pinafore and Pirates of Penzance, and Victor Herbert’s Naughty Marietta with The Little Orchestra Society at Lincoln Center and on a 65-performance tour.
He directed and conducted locally at UConn Storrs, the Repertory Theatre of New Britain, the Nutmeg Players, the East Lyme Arts Council, and has directed a dozen Elderhostels at the Incarnation Center in Ivoryton. He has been a featured soloist with Capella Cantorum Men’s Chorus and is Executive Director Emeritus and past President of the East Haddam Historical Society. He was soloist in Guilford’s First Church of Christ, Scientist for 27 years, now serving as substitute soloist for them and other area churches and groups.