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As some day it may happen

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The Mikado


Arthur Sullivan




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Previous scene: Our great Mikado virtuous man
Next scene: A wandering minstrel

The Mikado (Act 1) - Sir Charles Mackerras & Welsh Nat'l Opera - Gilbert & Sullivan

Singer(s): Donald Adams Richard Van Allan Richard Suart

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):
"If you want to know who we are" - 00:00
"A Wand'ring Minstrel I" - 3:01
"Our great Mikado, virtuous man" - 7:21
"Young man, despair" - 10:18
Recit., "And have I journey'd for a month" - 13:02
"Behold the Lord High Executioner" - 13:52
"As some day it may happen" - 16:30
"Comes a train of little ladies" - 18:31
"Three little maids from school are we" - 20:44
"So please you, sir, we much regret" - 22:17
"Were you not Ko-Ko plighted" - 24:12
"I am so proud" - 26:41
Finale Act 1, "With aspect stern and gloomy stride" - 29:41
• "The threatened cloud has passed away" - 31:57
• "Your revels cease" - 34:08
• "For he's going to marry Yum-Yum" - (Pitti-Sing 37:23) 37:48
• "The hour of gladness" - 38:44
• "Ye torrents roar!" - 41:31

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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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As some day it may happen that a victim must be found,
I've got a little list--I've got a little list
Of society offenders who might well be underground,
And who never would be missed--who never would be missed!
There's the pestilential nuisances who write for autographs--
All people who have flabby hands and irritating laughs--
All children who are up in dates, and floor you with 'em flat--
All persons who in shaking hands, shake hands with you like that--
And all third persons who on spoiling tete-a-tetes insist--
They'd none of 'em be missed--they'd none of 'em be missed!

he's got 'em on the list;
And they'll none of 'em be missed--
they'll none of 'em be missed.

There's the banjo serenader, and the others of his race,
And the piano-organist--I've got him on the list!
And the people who eat peppermint and puff it in your face,
They never would be missed--they never would be missed!
Then the idiot who praises, with enthusiastic tone,
All centuries but this, and every country but his own;
And the lady from the provinces, who dresses like a guy,
And who "doesn't think she waltzes, but would rather like to try";
And that singular anomaly, the lady novelist--
I don't think she'd be missed--I'm sure she'd not he missed!

he's got her on the list;
And I don't think she'll be missed--
I'm sure she'll not be missed!

And that Nisi Prius nuisance, who just now is rather rife,
The Judicial humorist--I've got him on the list!
All funny fellows, comic men, and clowns of private life--
They'd none of 'em be missed--they'd none of 'em be missed.
And apologetic statesmen of a compromising kind,
Such as--What d'ye call him--Thing'em-bob, and
And 'St--'st--'st--and What's-his-name, and also You-know-who--
The task of filling up the blanks I'd rather leave to you.
But it really doesn't matter whom you put upon the list,
For they'd none of 'em be missed--
they'd none of 'em be missed!

you may put 'em on the list;
And they'll none of 'em be missed--
they'll none of 'em be missed!

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