New: Save your favorite arias, videos and singers!
Tell me more - Check it later - Not interested

The Pirates of Penzance

More info on The Pirates of Penzance

Composer:

Arthur Sullivan

Librettist:

Not entered yet.

Premiere:

Not entered yet.

Language:

English

Synopsis:

The Pirates of Penzance Synopsis

Libretto:

The Pirates of Penzance Libretto

Translation(s):

Not entered yet.

About the opera The Pirates of Penzance

The Pirates of Penzance; or, The Slave of Duty is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert. The opera's official premiere was at the Fifth Avenue Theatre in New York City on 31 December 1879, where the show was well received by both audiences and critics. Its London debut was on 3 April 1880, at the Opera Comique, where it ran for a very successful 363 performances, having already been playing successfully for over three months in New York.
The story concerns Frederic, who, having completed his 21st year, is released from his apprenticeship to a band of tender-hearted pirates. He meets Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley, and the two young people fall instantly in love. Frederic finds out, however, that he was born on 29 February, and so, technically, he only has a birthday each leap year. His apprenticeship indentures state that he remains apprenticed to the pirates until his 21st birthday, and so he must serve for another 63 years. Bound by his own sense of duty, Frederic's only solace is that Mabel agrees to wait for him faithfully.
Read more on Wikipedia

Roles in The Pirates of Penzance

Major-General Stanley Baritone
The Pirate King Bass-Baritone
Samuel Baritone
Frederic Tenor
Sergeant of Police Bass
Mabel Soprano
Edith Mezzo-Soprano
Kate Mezzo-Soprano

More details roles



Popular videos from The Pirates of Penzance

Gilbert and Sullivan I Am the Very Model of a Modern MajorGeneral MajorGeneral s Song 1181
I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General
John Reed
Gilbert and Sullivan I Am the Very Model of a Modern MajorGeneral MajorGeneral s Song 1181
I Am a Pirate King
John Reed

Poor Wandering One 7455
Poor wand'ring one
Helen Donaldson
Sullivan 7 Oh is there not one maiden breast 13687
Oh, Is There Not One Maiden Breast
Philip Potter

Act I When Frederic was a little lad Ruth 19365
When Frederic Was a Little Lad
Ella Halman

All scenes from The Pirates of Penzance

Arias from The Pirates of Penzance
Duets from The Pirates of Penzance

Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Overture Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.00

Type: instrumentalVoice: Language: English

Roles:
2Pour, O King, the pirate sherry Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.01-1

Type: chorus/sceneVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Samuel
3Yes, Frederic, from today you rank Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.01-2

Type: spokenVoice: B-Br T Br cALanguage: English

Roles: Pirate King/Frederic/Samuel/Ruth
4Oh, pardon! Frederic, pardon! Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.02-2

Type: spokenVoice: cA T B-Br BrLanguage: English

Roles: Ruth/Frederic/Pirate King/Samuel
5Oh, take me with you! Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.03-2

Type: spokenVoice: cA TLanguage: English

Roles: Ruth/Frederic
6Oh false one! you have deceived me! Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.04-1

Type: duetVoice: cA TLanguage: English

Roles: Ruth/Frederic
7What shall I do? Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.04-2

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Frederic
8Climbing over rocky mountain Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.05-1

Type: chorusVoice: Mz MzLanguage: English

Roles: Edith/Kate
9What a picturesque spot! Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.05-2

Type: spokenVoice: Mz Mz spLanguage: English

Roles: Kate/Edith/Isabel
10Stop, ladies, pray! Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.06

Type: recitativeVoice: T Mz MzLanguage: English

Roles: Frederic/Edith/Kate
11What ought we to do? Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.09

Type: sceneVoice: Mz MzLanguage: English

Roles: Edith/Kate
12How beautifully blue the sky Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.10

Type: chorus/duetVoice: S TLanguage: English

Roles: Mabel/Frederic
13Stay, we must not lose our senses Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.11

Type: sceneVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Frederic
14Hold, Monsters! Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.12

Type: recitativeVoice: S Br BrLanguage: English

Roles: Mabel/Samuel/Stanley
15And now that I've introduced myself Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.13-2

Type: spokenVoice: Br Mz Br B-Br Mz SLanguage: English

Roles: Stanley/Kate/Samuel/Pirate King/Edith/Mabel
16Oh, men of dark and dismal fate Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.14-1

Type: sceneVoice: Br Br B-BrLanguage: English

Roles: Stanley/Samuel/Pirate King
17I'm telling a terrible story Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.14-2

Type: ensembleVoice: Br S Mz Mz T Br B-BrLanguage: English

Roles: Stanley/Mabel/Edith/Kate/Frederic/Samuel/Pirate King
18You may go, for you're at liberty Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.14-3

Type: recitativeVoice: bass-baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Pirate King
19For he is an orphan boy! Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.14-4

Type: ensembleVoice: Br Br S Mz Mz T B-BrLanguage: English

Roles: Samuel/Stanley/Mabel/Edith/Kate/Frederic/Pirate King
20Oh, master, hear one word Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.14-5

Type: recitativeVoice: cA TLanguage: English

Roles: Ruth/Frederic
21Pray observe the magnanimity Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.14f

Type: ensemble/finaleVoice: T Br B-Br Br S Mz MzLanguage: English

Roles: Frederic/Samuel/Pirate King/Stanley/Mabel/Edith/Kate
22Oh, dry the glist'ning tear Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.01-1

Type: sceneVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Mabel
23Oh, Frederic, cannot you Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.01-2

Type: spokenVoice: S T BrLanguage: English

Roles: Mabel/Frederic/Stanley
24Now Frederic, let your escort lion-hearted Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.02

Type: recitativeVoice: Br TLanguage: English

Roles: Stanley/Frederic
25Now for the Pirate's lair! Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.04-1

Type: recitativeVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Frederic
26Young Fred'ric! Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.04-2

Type: trio/recitativeVoice: B-Br T cALanguage: English

Roles: Pirate King/Frederic/Ruth
27When you left our pirate fold Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.05-1

Type: trioVoice: cA B-Br TLanguage: English

Roles: Ruth/Pirate King/Frederic
28Upon my word, this is most curious Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.05-2

Type: spokenVoice: B-Br cA TLanguage: English

Roles: Pirate King/Ruth/Frederic
29Away, away, my heart's on fire! Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.06

Type: trioVoice: cA B-Br TLanguage: English

Roles: Ruth/Pirate King/Frederic
30All is prepar'd! Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.07

Type: recitative/duetVoice: S TLanguage: English

Roles: Mabel/Frederic
31Stay, Fred'ric, stay! Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.08

Type: duetVoice: S TLanguage: English

Roles: Mabel/Frederic
32Yes, I am brave! Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.09

Type: recitative/spoken/sceneVoice: S BLanguage: English

Roles: Mabel/Sergeant
33A rollicking band of Pirates we Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.11

Type: sceneVoice: bassLanguage: English

Roles: Sergeant
34With catlike tread upon our pre we steal Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.12

Type: ensembleVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Samuel
35Hush, hush, not a word Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.13

Type: sceneVoice: T BrLanguage: English

Roles: Frederic/Stanley
36Softly sighing to a river Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.14-1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Stanley/Sergeant
37Now what is this Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.14-2

Type: sceneVoice: Br T B-Br SLanguage: English

Roles: Stanley/Frederic/Pirate King/Mabel
38We triumph now Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.14-3

Type: sceneVoice: B B-Br Br cALanguage: English

Roles: Sergeant/Pirate King/Stanley/Ruth
39Away with them Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.14-4

Type: sceneVoice: Br cA B-BrLanguage: English

Roles: Stanley/Ruth/Pirate King
40I Am a Pirate King Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritone or bassLanguage: English

Roles:
41I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritone or bassLanguage: English

Roles:
42Poor wand'ring one Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: aria,ensembleVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Mabel
43The Policeman's Song Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles:
44Oh, Is There Not One Maiden Breast Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles:
45The Policeman's Song Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: bassLanguage: English

Roles:
46When Frederic Was a Little Lad Popularity:

Opera: Pirates of Penzance, TheComposer: SullivanAct:

Type: ariaVoice: mezzoLanguage: English

Roles: