Sprites of earth and air

Opera details:

Opera title:

The Sorcerer

Composer:

Arthur Sullivan

Language:

English

Synopsis:

The Sorcerer Synopsis

Libretto:

The Sorcerer Libretto

Translation(s):

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Trio details:

Type:

trio,choir

Role(s):

Aline / Alexis / John Wellington Wells

Voice(s):

Soprano / Tenor / Baritone

Act:

1.13

Previous scene: My name is John Wellington Wells
Next scene: Let us fly to a far-off land

Gilbert & Sullivan - THE SORCERER - "Sprites of earth and air" (D'Oyly Carte 1966)

Singer(s): John Reed Valerie Masterson

THE SORCERER
Librettist: Sir William Schwenk (W.S.) Gilbert
Composer: Sir Arthur Sullivan
First performance: Opera Comique, London, 17 November 1877

“The Sorcerer”, Gilbert and Sullivan’s earliest surviving two act collaboration, is set in an English village, and satirizes both the class system and idealism. Alexis Pointdextre will marry Aline Sangazure, and hopes that everyone can share in the joys of love. To that end, he hires a sorcerer, J.W. Wells, to drug the villagers with his love potion. Chaos ensues and the ‘wrong’ characters fall in love. In the end, Alexis persuades Wells to sacrifice himself to a demon, and all ends happily – except for the unfortunate respectable tradesman.

No. 13: “Sprites of earth and air”
The Sorcerer brews the magic potion, with the help of demons and spirits. The scene is a parody of the Wolfsschlucht scene in Weber’s FREISCHÜTZ (
Alexis, of the Grenadier Guards (tenor): David Palmer
Aline, betrothed to Alexis (soprano): Valerie Masterson
John Wellington Wells, of J.W. Wells & Co., Family Sorcerers (comic baritone): John Reed
D’Oyly Carte Opera Chorus

Conductor: Isidore Godfrey
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Recorded London 1966

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Libretto/Lyrics/Text/Testo:

INCANTATION

WELLS. Sprites of earth and air
Fiends of flame and fire
Demon souls,
Come here in shoals,
This dreaded deed inspire!
Appear, appear, appear.

MALE VOICES.
Good master, we are here!

WELLS.
Noisome hags of night
Imps of deadly shade
Pallid ghosts,
Arise in hosts,
And lend me all your aid.
Appear, appear, appear!

FEMALE VOICES.
Good master, we are here!

ALEXIS. (aside)
Hark, they assemble,
These fiends of the night!

ALINE. (aside)
Oh Alexis, I tremble,
Seek safety in flight!
 

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