By Arthur Sullivan

Gilbert and Sullivan’s operas are a number of the world’s best-loved musical works, delighting audiences with their joyous wit, topsy-turvy common sense and lavish wordplay. this wonderful treasury is the definitive annotated version of all fourteen in their operas.

From the in part misplaced paintings Thespis, the 1st collaboration among W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, in the course of the successful comedian romps The Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado, to lesser-performed gemstones akin to the fanciful The Sorcerer and the acerbic lampoon Patience, Gilbert’s libretti are accrued right here of their so much actual and trustworthy shape. there's a interesting statement on each one paintings, telling the intense tales at the back of the foundation for the opera and its functionality historical past, and giving plot summaries and unique solid lists.

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