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Gondoliers, The

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Sir Arthur Sullivan

Arthur Sullivan (arr. Robert Russell Bennett)


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Subtitle: Highlights


General Info

Year: 1889 / 1962
Duration:
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra and voices
Publisher: Chappell
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of Print.


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Program Notes

The Gondoliers; or, The King of Barataria is a Savoy Opera, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert. It premiered at the Savoy Theatre on 7 December 1889 and ran for a very successful 554 performances (at that time the fifth longest-running piece of musical theatre in history), closing on 30 June 1891. This was the twelfth comic opera collaboration of fourteen between Gilbert and Sullivan.

The story of the opera concerns the young bride of the heir to the throne of the fictional kingdom of Barataria who arrives in Venice to join her husband. It turns out, however, that he cannot be identified, since he was entrusted to the care of a drunken gondolier who mixed up the prince with his own son. To complicate matters, the King of Barataria has just been killed. The two young gondoliers must now jointly rule the kingdom until the nurse of the prince can be brought in to determine which of them is the rightful king. Moreover, when the young queen arrives to claim her husband, she finds that the two gondoliers have both recently married local girls. A last complicating factor is that she, herself, is in love with another man.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


This medley from the opera includes Of Happiness the Very Pith; Take a Pair of Sparkling Eyes; Then One of Us Will Be Queen; When a Merry Maiden Marries; Once more Gondolieri; I Am a Courtier; and Dance a Cachuca.

- Program Note from score


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  • Heart of Texas (San Antonio) Concert Band (R. Mark Rogers, conductor) - 20 November 2022


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