Arthur Sullivan

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Country of Birth:

England

Year of Birth:

1842

Year of Death:

1900

About the composer Arthur Sullivan

Sir Arthur Seymour Sullivan MVO (13 May 1842 - 22 November 1900) was an English composer of Irish and Italian ancestry. He is best known for his series of 14 operatic collaborations with the dramatist W. S. Gilbert, including such enduring works as H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance and The Mikado. Sullivan composed 23 operas, 13 major orchestral works, eight choral works and oratorios, two ballets, incidental music to several plays, and numerous hymns and other church pieces, songs, and piano and chamber pieces. The best known of his hymns and songs include "Onward Christian Soldiers" and "The Lost Chord".
The son of a military bandmaster, Sullivan composed his first anthem at age eight. He was selected as soloist in the boys' choir of the Chapel Royal. The Reverend Thomas Helmore, the choirmaster, encouraged Sullivan and arranged for the publication and performance of his early compositions. In 1856, the Royal Academy of Music awarded the first Mendelssohn Scholarship to the 14-year-old Sullivan, allowing him to study first at the Academy and then in Germany, at the Leipzig Conservatoire. His graduation piece was a suite of incidental music to Shakespeare's The Tempest. When it was performed in London in 1862, it was an immediate sensation. Sullivan began his composing career with a series of ambitious works, interspersed with hymns, parlour ballads and other light pieces. Among his best received early pieces were a ballet, L'Île Enchantée (1864), and his Irish Symphony, Cello Concerto and Overture in C (In Memoriam) (all in 1866). From 1861 to 1872, he supplemented his income by working as a church organist and as a music teacher.
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Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritone or bassLanguage: English

Roles:
2When I was a lad

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Joseph Porter
3I Am a Pirate King

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritone or bassLanguage: English

Roles:
4Poor wand'ring one

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles:
5The sun whose rays are all ablaze

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Yum-Yum
6Oh, Is There Not One Maiden Breast

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
7Willow, Tit-Willow

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritone or bassLanguage: English

Roles:
8A wandering minstrel

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Nanki-Poo
9When Frederic Was a Little Lad

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles:
10As some day it may happen

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Ko-Ko
11My name is John Wellington Wells

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.12

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Mr Wells
12Sorry her lot

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Josephine
13Our great Mikado virtuous man

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Pish-Tush
14Take a Pair of Sparkling Eyes

Opera: Gondoliers, TheComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
15Alone and yet alive

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: contraltoLanguage: English

Roles: Katisha
16A maiden fair to see

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Ralph Rackstraw
17If You Give Me Your Attention

Opera: Princess IdaComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: English

Roles:
18Overture

Opera: Yeoman of the GuardComposer: SullivanAct: 1.01

Type: instrumentalVoice: n/aLanguage: English

Roles:
19Were I Thy Bride

Opera: Yeoman of the GuardComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles:
20The Policeman's Song

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles:
21Fair moon to thee I sing

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Corcoran
22A many years ago

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: contraltoLanguage: English

Roles: Mrs. Cripps
23The hours creep on apace

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Josephine
24When a Merry Maiden Marries

Opera: Gondoliers, TheComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles:
25Is Life a Boon?

Opera: Yeoman of the GuardComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
26Come Mighty Must!

Opera: Princess IdaComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles:
27The nightingale

Opera: Pinafore, H.M.S.Composer: SullivanAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Ralph Rackstraw
28I Shipped, D'Ye See

Opera: RuddigoreComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
29If Somebody There Chanced to Be

Opera: RuddigoreComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles:
30When Maiden Loves, She Sits and Sighs

Opera: Yeoman of the GuardComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles:
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