The Pirates of Penzance

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Composer:

Arthur Sullivan

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English

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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.
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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

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Arias from The Pirates of Penzance

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3Poor wand'ring one Popularity:

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Type: aria,ensembleVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

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4The Policeman's Song Popularity:

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7When Frederic Was a Little Lad Popularity:

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