The Sorcerer

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Composer:

Arthur Sullivan

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Language:

English

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About the opera The Sorcerer

The Sorcerer is a two-act comic opera, with a libretto by W. S. Gilbert and music by Arthur Sullivan. It was the British duo's third operatic collaboration. The plot of The Sorcerer is based on a Christmas story, An Elixir of Love, that Gilbert wrote for The Graphic magazine in 1876. A young man, Alexis, is obsessed with idea of love levelling all ranks and social distinctions. To promote his beliefs, he invites the proprietor of J. W. Wells & Co., Family Sorcerers, to brew a love potion. This causes everyone in the village to fall in love with the first person they see and results in the pairing of comically mismatched couples. In the end, Wells must sacrifice himself to break the spell.
The opera opened on 17 November 1877 at the Opera Comique in London, where it ran for 178 performances. It was considered a success by the standards of that time and encouraged the collaborators to write their next opera, H.M.S. Pinafore. The Sorcerer was revised for an 1884 revival, and it is in that version that it is usually performed today. The Sorcerer was the first Savoy opera for which the author and composer had nearly total control over the production and the selection of cast. Several of the actors chosen went on on to create principal roles in most of the later Gilbert and Sullivan operas. It was their first opera to use all the major character types and typical range of songs that would appear in their later collaborations, such as comic duets, a patter song, a contrapuntal double chorus, a tenor and soprano love duet, a soprano showpiece and so forth.
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Roles in The Sorcerer

Sir Marmaduke Pointdextre Bass-Baritone
Alexis Tenor
Dr. Daly Baritone
Notary Bass
John Wellington Wells Baritone
Lady Sangazure Contralto
Aline Soprano
Mrs. Partlet Contralto

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Arias from The Sorcerer
Duets from The Sorcerer

Nr.Title scenePopularityOperaComposerActTypeVoicesLang.Roles
1Ring forth ye bells Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.01

Type: choirVoice: Language: English

Roles:
2Constance, my daughter, why this strange depression? Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.02

Type: recitativeVoice: cA Mz/SLanguage: English

Roles: Partlet/Constance
3When he is here Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.02-1

Type: ariaVoice: mezzo or sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Constance
4The air is charged with amatory numbers Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.03

Type: recitative,ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Dr Daly
5Time was when Love and I were well acquainted Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.03-1

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Dr Daly
6Sir Marmaduke, my dear young friend Alexis Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.04

Type: recitativeVoice: B-Br Br TLanguage: English

Roles: Marmaduke/Dr Daly/Alexis
7With heart and with voice Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.05

Type: choirVoice: Language: English

Roles:
8My kindly friends Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.06

Type: recitative,ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Aline
9Happy young heart Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.06-1

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Aline
10My child, I join in these congratulations Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.07

Type: ariaVoice: contraltoLanguage: English

Roles: Sangazure
11With heart and with voice Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.08

Type: choirVoice: Language: English

Roles:
12Welcome, joy! Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.09

Type: duetVoice: cA B-BrLanguage: English

Roles: Sangazure/Marmaduke
13All is prepared Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.10

Type: recitativeVoice: B T SLanguage: English

Roles: Notary/Alexis/Aline
14With heart and with voice Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.10-1

Type: choirVoice: Language: English

Roles:
15Love feeds on many kinds of food Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.11

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Alexis
16For Love Alone Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.11-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Alexis
17My name is John Wellington Wells Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.12

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Mr Wells
18Sprites of earth and air Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.13

Type: trio,choirVoice: S T BrLanguage: English

Roles: Aline/Alexis/Mr Wells
19Let us fly to a far-off land Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.13-2

Type: ariaVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Aline
20Now to the banquet we press Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.14

Type: ensemble,finalVoice: Language: English

Roles:
21Eat, drink and be gay (The Tea-Cup Brindisi) Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.15

Type: ensemble,finalVoice: Language: English

Roles:
22Oh love, true love Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.16

Type: ensemble,finalVoice: Language: English

Roles:
23Oh marvellous illusion Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 1.17

Type: ensemble,finalVoice: Language: English

Roles:
24Happy are we in our loving frivolity Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.01

Type: choirVoice: Language: English

Roles:
25Tis twelve, I think Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.02

Type: trio,choirVoice: S T BrLanguage: English

Roles: Aline/Alexis/Mr Wells
26Dear friends, take pity on my lot Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.03

Type: quartet,choirVoice: Mz/S B S TLanguage: English

Roles: Constance/Notary/Aline/Alexis
27Thou hast the pow'r thy vaunted love Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.04

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Alexis
28It Is Not Love Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.04-2

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Alexis
29I rejoice that it's decided Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.05

Type: quintetVoice: S cA T Br B-BrLanguage: English

Roles: Aline/Partlet/Alexis/Dr Daly/Marmaduke
30Oh, I have wrought much evil with my spells Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.06

Type: duetVoice: cA BrLanguage: English

Roles: Sangazure/Mr Wells
31Alexis! Doubt me not, my loved one Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.07

Type: recitativeVoice: sopranoLanguage: English

Roles: Aline
32Oh, my voice is sad and low Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.08

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Dr Daly
33Engaged to So-and-So Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.08-2

Type: ariaVoice: baritoneLanguage: English

Roles: Dr Daly
34Oh, joyous boon! oh, mad delight Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.09

Type: trio,choirVoice: S T BrLanguage: English

Roles: Aline/Alexis/Dr Daly
35Prepare for sad surprises Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.10

Type: ariaVoice: tenorLanguage: English

Roles: Alexis
36Or he or I must die Popularity:

Opera: Sorcerer, TheComposer: SullivanAct: 2.11

Type: ensemble,finalVoice: Language: English

Roles: