The Gondoliers (Sullivan, Arthur)

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Performer Pages Really Authentic Gilbert and Sullivan Performance Trust (company)
Dunedin Symphony Orchestra (orchestra)
Alan Spencer (stage director)
Michael Andrewes (conductor/musical director)
Tessa Petersen (concertmaster)
Julian Anderson (The Duke of Plaza-Toro)
Sandra Shaw Bennett (The Duchess of Plaza-Toro)
Andreas Hirt (Don Alhambra del Bolero)
Martin Kidd (Luiz)
Bridget Telfer (Casilda)
Michael Warby (Marco Palmieri)
Joel Allen (Giuseppe Palmieri)
Nadya Shaw Bennett (Gianetta)
Sophie Uden (Tessa)
Dave Solomon (Antonio)
Tanara Stedman (Giorgio)
Nick Beckwith (Francesco)
Chris Caradus (Annibale/Waiter)
Anita Smith (Vittoria)
Natalie-Jane Reid (Fiametta)
Erin Hoskins (Giulia)
Claire Barton (Inez)
Publisher Info. Really Authentic Gilbert and Sullivan Performance Trust, 2010.
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Misc. Notes Recorded live, 2010. This is audio from a videotaped performance.
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Performer Pages Gilbert and Sullivan Operatic Society Dunedin (company)
Dunedin Symphony Orchestra (orchestra, as Dunedin Civic Orchestra)
Bertha Rawlinson (producer)
Michael Andrewes (conductor/musical director)
Joan Gardiner (leader)
Peter Rowlands (The Duke of Plaza-Toro)
Bertha Rawlinson (The Duchess of Plaza-Toro)
Robert Mair (Luiz)
Judy Faris (Casilda)
Cyril Powell (Don Alhambra del Bolero)
Jeff Todd (Marco)
Noel Davie (Giuseppe)
Ian McLay (Antonio)
Ross Stevens (Francesco)
David Clark (Giorgio)
Ross Stevens (Annibale)
Noeline McKechnie (Gianetta)
Sue Hannan (Tessa)
Colleen Brocket (Fiametta)
Elizabeth Murray (Vittoria)
Nicola Martin (Giulia)
Kathleen Padman (Inez)
Publisher Info. RAGSPT Revisited, 2022.
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Misc. Notes Recorded live, 1970. Enquiries, comments or programme book requests may be addressed to ragsptrevisited@gmail.com.
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⇒ 36 more: List and learn • Good morrow, pretty maids • For the merriest fellows are we • Buon giorno, signorine • We're called gondolieri • And now to choose our brides • Thank you, gallant gondolieri • From the sunny Spanish shore • In enterprise of martial kind • Oh rapture, when alone together • There was a time, a time forever gone • I stole the Prince • But, bless my heart, consider my position • Try we life-long • Bridegroom and bride • When a merry maiden marries • Kind sir, you cannot have the heart • Do not give way to this uncalled-for grief • Then one of us will be a queen • Replying we sing as one individual • For everyone who feels inclined, some post we undertake to find • Come, let's away — Now Marco dear my wishes hear • Then away we go to an island fair • Of happiness the very pith in Barataria you may see • Rising early in the morning • Take a pair of sparkling eyes • Here we are at the risk of our lives • Dance a cachucha • There lived a king, as I've been told • In a contemplative fashion • With ducal pomp and ducal pride • On the day when I was wedded to your admirable sire • To help unhappy commoners and add to their enjoyment • I am a courtier grave and serious who is about to kiss your hand • Here is a case unprecedented • Now let the loyal lieges gather round

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Performer Pages Glyndebourne Festival Chorus (cast)
Pro Arte Orchestra (orchestra)
Malcolm Sargent (conductor)
Geraint Evans (The Duke of Plaza-Toro)
Alexander Young (Luiz/Francesco)
Owen Brannigan (Don Alhambra del Bolero)
Richard Lewis (Marco Palmieri)
John Cameron (Giuseppe Palmieri)
James Milligan (Antonio/Giorgio)
Monica Sinclair (The Duchess of Plaza-Toro)
Edna Graham (Casilda)
Elsie Morison (Gianetta)
Marjorie Thomas (Tessa)
Stella Hitchens (Fiametta)
Lavinia Hankinson (Vittoria)
Helen Watts (Giulia/Inez)
Publisher Info. His Master's Voice, 1957.
Reissue Remastered and reissued on CD: EMI, 1985/1987.
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Misc. Notes Recorded March 11–15, 1957. Recording on archive.org. Publication information: discogs.com (release), discogs.com (master). Another version of this recording is also available below, a transfer from the pre-remastered version, but there are some issues with the transfer.
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Performer Pages Glyndebourne Festival Chorus (cast)
Pro Arte Orchestra (orchestra)
Malcolm Sargent (conductor)
Geraint Evans (The Duke of Plaza-Toro)
Alexander Young (Luiz/Francesco)
Owen Brannigan (Don Alhambra del Bolero)
Richard Lewis (Marco Palmieri)
John Cameron (Giuseppe Palmieri)
James Milligan (Antonio/Giorgio)
Monica Sinclair (The Duchess of Plaza-Toro)
Edna Graham (Casilda)
Elsie Morison (Gianetta)
Marjorie Thomas (Tessa)
Stella Hitchens (Fiametta)
Lavinia Hankinson (Vittoria)
Helen Watts (Giulia/Inez)
Publisher Info. His Master's Voice, 1957.
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Misc. Notes This transfer has a few skips. Recorded March 11–15, 1957. Recording on archive.org. Publication information: discogs.com (release), discogs.com (master).
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Performer Pages D'Oyly Carte Opera Company (cast)
Harry Norris (conductor)
Henry Lytton (The Duke of Plaza-Toro)
Arthur Hosking (Luiz)
Leo Sheffield (Don Alhambra del Bolero)
Derek Oldham (Marco Palmieri)
George Baker (Giuseppe Palmieri)
Richard Walker (Antonio)
Herbert Aitken (Francesco)
Ronald Stear (Giorgio)
Bertha Lewis (The Duchess of Plaza-Toro)
Mavis Bennett (Casilda)
Winifred Lawson (Gianetta)
Aileen Davies (Tessa)
Sybil Gordon (Fiametta)
Beatrice Elburn (Vittoria)
Doris Hemingway (Giulia)
Gwladys Gowrie (Inez)
Publisher Info. His Master's Voice, 1927.
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Performer Pages Arthur Wood (conductor)
George Baker (The Duke of Plaza-Toro, Don Alhambra, Giuseppe, Antonio)
Ernest Pike (Luiz, Marco, Francesco)
Robert Radford (Don Alhambra)
John Harrison (Marco, Giorgio)
Derek Oldham (Marco)
Tudor Davies (Marco)
Edna Thornton (The Duchess of Plaza-Toro, Tessa, Vittoria, Inez)
Violet Essex (Casilda)
Sarah Jones (Casilda, Giulia)
Bessie Jones (Gianetta, Fiametta)
Nellie Walker (Vittoria)
Publisher Info. His Master's Voice, 1917.
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Don Alhambra: Robert Radford, except for the Act I finale (George Baker).
Marco: John Harrison, except for the finales (Ernest Pike). Derek Oldham sings the role only on matrix HO4550 (side 12), recorded much later than the other sides and included in some copies of the set. Tudor Davies sings "sparkling eyes" only on matrix Cc2690-3 (side 15), issued with later copies of the set.
Casilda:Violet Essex, except for the Act II finale (Sarah Jones).
Vittoria: Nellie Walker, except for "Here we are at the risk of our lives" (Edna Thornton).
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⇒ 10 more: For the merriest fellows are we • Thank you, gallant gondolieri • From the sunny Spanish shore • I stole the Prince • Bridegroom and bride — When a merry maiden marries • Kind sir, you cannot have the heart • Rising early in the morning • Take a pair of sparkling eyes • On the day when I was wedded to your admirable sire • Dance a cachucha

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Performer Pages Beecham Choral Society (chorus)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (orchestra)
James Walker (conductor)
Kenneth Sandford (The Duke of Plaza-Toro/Giuseppe)
Edgar Fleet (Luiz/Marco)
Donald Adams (Don Alhambra del Bolero)
Jean Allister (The Duchess of Plaza-Toro/Tessa)
Patricia Clarke (Casilda/Gianetta)
Publisher Info. Reader's Digest, 1963.
Performers The singer in the role of Antonio is not credited.
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Misc. Notes Part of a Reader's Digest Gilbert and Sullivan highlight compilation endorsed by Bridget D'Oyly Carte. Recorded at Walthamstow Town Hall, February 19–20 and 25–27, 1963.
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Publisher. Info. Holograph manuscript, n.d.[1889].
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Publisher. Info. Manuscript, n.d.
Reprinted New York: E.F. Kalmus, n.d.(1933-70). Catalog A2456.
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⇒ 11 more: Oboe • Clarinet 1/2 (A/B♭) • Bassoon 1/2 • Horn 1/2 (F) • Cornet 1/2 (A/B♭) • Trombone 1/2, 3 • Timpani/Triangle/Snare Drum/Bass Drum/Cymbals/Tambourine • Violins I • Violins II • Violas • Cellos/Basses

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Publisher. Info. London: Chappell / D'Oyly Carte Opera Co., n.d.(ca.1920).
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Publisher. Info. London: Chappell / D'Oyly Carte Opera Co., n.d.(ca.1920).
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⇒ 13 more: Oboe • Clarinet 1/2 (A) • Clarinet 1/2 (B♭, transposed) • Bassoon 1/2 • Horn 1/2 (F) • Trumpet 1/2 (A) • Trumpet 1/2 (B♭, transposed) • Trombone 1/2/3 (Bass) • Triangle/Tambourine/Castenets • Violins I • Violins II • Violas • Cellos/Basses

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Publisher. Info. London: Chappell & Co., 1890*. Plate 18,844.
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Arranger Joseph H. Wadsworth (fl.1878-1898), reduction
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Arranger Joseph H. Wadsworth (fl.1878-1898), reduction
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Publisher. Info. New York: G. Schirmer, 1941. Plate 39001.
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Arrangements and Transcriptions

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For Piano (Wadsworth)

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Arranger Joseph H. Wadsworth (fl.1878-1898)
Publisher. Info. London: Chappell & Co., n.d.[1890]. Plate 18,845.
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Work Title The Gondoliers, or The King of Barataria
Alternative. Title Operetta in Two Acts
Composer Sullivan, Arthur
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IAS 20
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 2 acts:
Overture
  • Act I.
1. List and learn
2. From the sunny Spanish shore
3. In enterprise of martial kind
4. O rapture, when alone together
5. There was a time
6. I stole the prince
7. But, bless my heart
8. Try we life-long
9. Bridegroom and bride
9a. When a merry maiden marries
10. Kind sir, you cannot have the heart
10a. Then one of us will be a Queen
  • Act II.
11. Of happiness the very pith
12. Rising early in the morning
13. Take a pair of sparkling eyes
14. Here we are at the risk of our lives
15. Dance a cachucha
16. There lived a king
17. In a contemplative fashion
18. With ducal pomp
19. On the day when I was wedded
20. To help unhappy commoners
21. I am a courtier grave and serious
22. Here is a case unprecedented
First Performance. 1889-12-07 in London: Savoy Theatre
First Publication. 1889
Librettist William Schwenck Gilbert (1836–1911)
Language English
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation voices, mixed chorus (SATB), orchestra
InstrDetail
Cast
The Duke of Plaza-Toro, A Grandee of Spain (comic baritone)
Luiz, his Attendant (lyric baritone or tenor)
Don Alhambra del Bolero, the Grand Inquisitor (bass-baritone)
Marco Palmieri, Venetian Gondolier (tenor)
Giuseppe Palmieri, Venetian Gondolier (baritone)
Antonio, Venetian Gondolier (baritone)
Francesco, Venetian Gondolier (tenor)
Giorgio, Venetian Gondolier (bass)
Annibale, Venetian Gondolier (speaking role/chorus)
The Duchess of Plaza-Toro (contralto)
Casilda, Her Daughter (soprano)
Gianetta, Contadina (soprano)
Tessa, Contadina (mezzo-soprano)
Fiametta, Contadina (soprano)
Vittoria, Contadina (mezzo-soprano)
Giulia, Contadina (mezzo-soprano or soprano)
Inez, the King's Foster-mother (contralto)

Mixed Chorus (SATB)

gondoliers, contadine, men-at-arms, heralds, pages

Orchestra

2 flutes (2nd also piccolo), oboe, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons
2 horns, 2 cornets, 3 trombones, percussion, strings
Related Works Pieces based on 'The Gondoliers'
Discography Gilbert & Sullivan Discography
External Links Wikipedia article; Gilbert & Sullivan Archive

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