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The Pirates of Penzance

The Pirates of Penzance by William S. Gilbert
By: (1836-1911)

The Pirates of Penzance; or, The Slave of Duty is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert. The story concerns Frederic, who, having completed his 21st year, is released from his apprenticeship to a band of tender-hearted pirates. He meets Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley, and the two young people fall instantly in love. Frederic finds out, however, that he was born on 29 February, and so, technically, he only has a birthday each leap year. His apprenticeship indentures state that he remains apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday, and so he must serve for another 63 years. Bound by his own sense of duty, Frederic's only solace is that Mabel agrees to wait for him faithfully.

First Page:

THE 14 GILBERT AND SULLIVAN PLAYS

By William S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan

William S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan collaborated on 14 operas in the period from 1871 to 1896. The are the following:

Contents:

GONDOLIERS GRAND DUKE H.M.S. PINAFORE IOLANTHE THE MIKADO PIRATES OF PENZANCE PRINCESS IDA RUDDIGORE THE SORCERER THESPIS TRIAL BY JURY UTOPIA, LIMITED YEOMEN OF THE GUARD PATIENCE

THE GONDOLIERS

OR

THE KING OF BARATARIA

Libretto by William S. Gilbert

Music by Arthur S. Sullivan

DRAMATIS PERSONAE

THE DUKE OF PLAZA TORO (a Grandee of Spain) LUIZ (his attendant) DON ALHAMBRA DEL BOLERO (the Grand Inquisitioner)

Venetian Gondoliers MARCO PALMIERI GIUSEPPE PALMIERI ANTONIO FRANCESCO GIORGIO ANNIBALE

THE DUCHESS OF PLAZA TORO CASILDA (her Daughter)

Contadine GIANETTA TESSA FIAMETTA VITTORIA GIULIA

INEZ (the King's Foster mother)

Chorus of Gondoliers and Contadine, Men at Arms, Heralds and Pages

ACT I The Piazzetta, Venice

ACT II Pavilion in the Palace of Barataria

(An interval of three months is supposed to elapse between Acts I and II)

DATE 1750

ACT I

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - January 27, 2014
Subject: Pirates of Penzance
A great audio version!
Reviewer: - June 13, 2013
Subject: Pirates of Penzance
Pure Classic, a must for anybody.


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