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The Mikado

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Composer:

Arthur Sullivan

Librettist:

W.S. Gilbert

Premiere:

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Language:

English

Synopsis:

The Mikado Synopsis

Libretto:

The Mikado Libretto

Translation(s):

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About the opera The Mikado

The Mikado; or, The Town of Titipu is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert, their ninth of fourteen operatic collaborations. It opened on March 14, 1885, in London, where it ran at the Savoy Theatre for 672 performances, which was the second longest run for any work of musical theatre and one of the longest runs of any theatre piece up to that time. Before the end of 1885, it was estimated that, in Europe and America, at least 150 companies were producing the opera. The Mikado remains the most frequently performed Savoy Opera, and it is especially popular with amateur and school productions. The work has been translated into numerous languages and is one of the most frequently played musical theatre pieces in history.
Setting the opera in Japan, an exotic locale far away from Britain, allowed Gilbert to satirise British politics and institutions more freely by disguising them as Japanese. Gilbert used foreign or fictional locales in several operas, including The Mikado, Princess Ida, The Gondoliers, Utopia, Limited and The Grand Duke, to soften the impact of his pointed satire of British institutions.
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Roles in The Mikado

The Mikado Bass or Bass-Baritone
Nanki-Poo Tenor
Ko-Ko Baritone
Pooh-Bah Baritone
Pish-Tush Baritone
Go-To Bass
Yum-Yum Soprano
Pitti-Sing Mezzo-Soprano

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Arias from The Mikado

Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Our great Mikado virtuous man Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Pish-Tush
2As some day it may happen Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Ko-Ko
3A wandering minstrel Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Nanki-Poo
4The sun whose rays are all ablaze Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Yum-Yum
5A more human Mikado Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: bass-baritone or bassLanguage: English

Roles: The Mikado
6Alone and yet alive Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2

Type: ariaVoice: contraltoLanguage: English

Roles: Katisha
7Willow, Tit-Willow Popularity:

Opera: Mikado, TheComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritone or bassLanguage: English

Roles: