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Gilbert & Sullivan: The Pirates of Penzance / Ohio Light Opera

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>Sullivan, Arthur : Pirates of Penzance

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>Sullivan, Arthur : Pirates of Penzance
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Before departing for New York to conduct the premier of Pirates on New Year's Eve, 1879, Sullivan had completed sketches for the first act, intending to finish the opera after his voyage. Upon arrival, he discovered he'd left the first act at home. Following an all-night reconstruction, the New York rehearsals began while the composer hastily created the second act, finishing everything only hours before the premiere. The show was a success and ran for more than three months. The Pirates of Penzance remains popular today, taking its place along with The Mikado and H.M.S. Pinafore as one of the most frequently played Gilbert and Sullivan operas.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: College of Wooster, Ohio (2011).



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>Sullivan, Arthur : Pirates of Penzance
  • Conductor: J. Thompson
  • Ensemble: Ohio Light Opera Orchestra
  • Running Time: 68 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1879