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Opera Explained: GILBERT and SULLIVAN

An exploration of Gilbert and Sullivan's ouevre by Jeremy Siepmann

David Timson (reader)

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Contents

An Introduction to... Gilbert and Sullivan

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Introduction and historical background

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The enduring appeal of Gilbert and Sullivan

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W.S. Gilbert

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Arthur Sullivan

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Thespis

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Trial by Jury

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Autobiographical 'entrance arias'

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'A nice dilemma'

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The Sorcerer

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H.M.S. Pinafore: 'Pinafore-mania'

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The opening

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Enter the First Lord of the Admiralty

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The Pirates of Penzance

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'Climbing over rocky mountains'

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The double chorus

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'A policeman's lot is not a happy one'

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Patience

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Iolanthe

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Iolanthe continued: Enter the House of Lords

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Act I: Finale

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Act II

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Princess Ida

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The Mikado

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Enter Ko-Ko, the Lord High Executioner

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Act I: Finale

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Act II

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Ruddigore: The Yeomen of the Guard

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Jack Point, the jester

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Act II

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Gilbert and Sullivan quarrel; The Gondoliers

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Enter the Duke of Plaza-Toro

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Act II

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The 'carpet quarrel'

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Conclusion

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