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Mikado, Or The Town Of Titipu

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In this recording, one person reads the entire play, all parts, including the stage directions. Even without the support of Arthur Sullivan’s music and the interpretation of actors, the consummate silliness of Gilbert’s libretto entertains. The Mikado; or, The Town of Titipu is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert, their ninth of fourteen operatic collaborations. It opened on 14 March 1885, in London, where it ran at the Savoy Theatre for 672 performances, which was the second longest run for any work of musical theatre and one of the longest runs of any theatre piece up to that time. Before the end of 1885, it was estimated that, in Europe and America, at least 150 companies were producing the opera. The Mikado remains the most frequently performed Savoy Opera, and it is especially popular with amateur and school productions. The work has been translated into numerous languages and is one of the most frequently played musical theatre pieces in history. Setting the opera in Japan, an exotic locale far away from Britain, allowed Gilbert to satirise British politics and institutions more freely by disguising them as Japanese

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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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