Notes & Reviews:
The lure of the operetta stage proved as irresistible to America's "March King," John Philip Sousa, as it had a decade earlier to Vienna's "Waltz King," Johann Strauss. Sousa played under the baton of Jacques Offenbach as a teenaged violinist and was aware of the unprecedented success of Gilbert and Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore on Broadway. El Capitan can lay claim to be the most enduring American comic opera of the 19th century. It was premiered in Boston in 1896, transferred to Broadway a week later and for the next four years played continuously across the U.S. and Canada and even had a five month run in London. This recording, with complete music and dialogue, was recorded at the 2010 Ohio Light Opera FestivalNotes & Reviews:
Recording information: Wooster College, Wooster, OH (2010).
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Works DetailsSousa, John Philip : El Capitan, operetta
- Conductor: Steven Byess
- Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1896