Time and Place

Gilbert is delightfully vague about the time and country in which the opera is set. The armor worn by Gama's sons implies a wide range of medieval dates, and there are incidental references to Hungary, but that nation has had wide-ranging borders over the centuries. And no matter what century one suggests, the work is rife with anachronisms (211). Let's just say the opera is set once upon a time in Never-Never Land.