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Alone and yet alive

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Opera title:

The Mikado


Arthur Sullivan




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Previous scene: A more human Mikado
Next scene: Braid the raven hair

The Mikado (Act 2) - Sir Charles Mackerras & Welsh Nat'l Opera - Gilbert & Sullivan

Singer(s): Marie McLaughlin Felicity Palmer Anne Howells

The Mikado was the ninth of fourteen Gilbert & Sullivan operatic collaborations. It opened on March 14, 1885, in London, where it ran at the Savoy Theatre for 672 performances. To this day, it is the most popular and most performed of their operas. It has also been translated into many languages.

Song Notations (courtesy of Anthony Rule):
"Braid the raven hair" - 00:35
"The sun whose rays are all ablaze" - 3:26
Madrigal, "Brightly dawns our wedding day" - 6:37
"Here's a how-de-do" - 10:34
"Miya Sama" - 11:48
"A more humane Mikado" - 14:34
"The criminal cried as he dropped him down" - 18:39
"See how the Fates their gifts allot" - 22:03
"The flowers that bloom in the spring" - 24:06
Recit. and song, "Alone, and yet alive" - 25:43
"On a tree by a river" - 28:39
"There is beauty in the bellow of the blast" - 31:09
Finale Act II, "For he's gone and married Yum-Yum" - 33:11
"The threatened cloud has passed away" - 33:50

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The Mikado of Japan-----------------------Donald Adams
Nanki-Poo--------------------------------------Anthony Rolfe Johnson
Ko-Ko--------------------------------------------Richard Suart
Pooh-Bah---------------------------------------Richard Van Allan
Pish-Tush---------------------------------------Nicholas Folwell
Yum-Yum--------------------------------------Marie McLaughlin
Pitti-Sing---------------------------------------Anne Howells
Peep-Bo----------------------------------------Janice Watson
Katisha-----------------------------------------Felicity Palmer

Chorus of Schoolgirls, Nobles, Guards and Coolies

Orchestra and Chorus of the Welsh National Opera
Conductor: Sir Charles Mackerras

Recorded 1992

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Alone, and yet alive!
Oh, sepulchre! My soul is still my body's prisoner!
Remote the peace that Death alone can give --
My doom, to wait! my punishment, to live!

Hearts do not break! They sting and ache
For old love's sake, But do not die,
Tho' with each breath They long for death,
As witnesseth The living I, The living I.

Oh, living I! Come, tell me why,
When hope is gone, Dost thou stay on?
Why linger here when all is drear?
Oh, living I! Come, tell me why,
When hope is gone, Dost thou stay on?
May not a cheated maiden die?
May not a cheated maiden die?

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