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The sun whose rays are all ablaze

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Opera title:

The Mikado


Arthur Sullivan




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Previous scene: Ye torrents roar!
Next scene: A more human Mikado

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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The sun, whose rays are all ablaze with ever-living glory,
does not deny his majesty--he scorns to tell a story!
He don't exclaim, "I blush for shame, so kindly be indulgent";
but fierce and bold, in fiery gold, he glories all effulgent.

I mean to rule the earth, as he the sky--
We really know our worth, the sun and I!

Observe his flame, that placid dame, the moon's celestial highness;
There's not a trace upon her face of diffidence or shyness:
She borrows light, that, through the night, mankind may all acclaim her!
And, truth to tell, she lights up well; So I, for one, don't blame her.

Ah, pray make no mistake, we are not shy;
We're very wide awake, the moon and I!

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