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Behold the Lord High Executioner

Opera details:

Opera title:

The Mikado


Arthur Sullivan




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Ko-Ko / Men's chorus





Previous scene: And I have journey'd for a month
Next scene: Comes a train of little ladies

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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