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Any Mikado / G&S fans?

Any Mikado / G&S fans?

Postby Skier Pete » 06 Jun 2016 01:28

dst87 wrote:Off topic alert...

A few nights ago I had the pleasure of seeing the Scottish Opera / D'Oyly Carte Opera Company production of The Mikado, and I have to say it was excellent. Is anyone else on here a fan of The Mikado or any other G&S operettas? Did anyone happen to see this production?

I grew up watching my Dad perform in our local amateur G&S society performances, so I have a bit of a soft spot for them, especially The Mikado.

I have also enjoyed a few ENO G&S production at the cinema, which was a much better experience than I expected it to be. Well worth it if you're not within striking range of a decent theatre. At the cinema I enjoyed their production of Pirates of Penzance and, more recently, The Mikado. It's interesting to see the different approaches of the two companies when comparing the Mikado.

I played percussion, mainly timpani, in the school opera band for four G&S productions:- Iolanthe, Rudigore, Pirates of Penzance and Mikado.

The opera band . approx. 20 strong, was a mixture of masters, 4 or 5, and the best players from the 100 strong school military band, at the time the largest in the area under control of the MoD. Bigger than any individual regimental band.

it gave me a lasting interest in G&S productions.
In fact Arthur Sullivan's father was an old boy of the school.
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Postby Jimmy the One » 06 Jun 2016 17:21

We did the Pirates at school can still remember some of the words :o
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Postby grannyM » 06 Jun 2016 17:26

Love G&S Duncan. Lyrics are fantastic in all but Mikado was the first one I ever saw performed so still my favourite. :D
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Postby octocruiser » 06 Jun 2016 18:10

judgegeoff wrote:When I was a young child, in the early 1950s, my parents used to take me to the Manchester Opera House to attend the D'Oyly Carte Gilbert and Sullivan Operettas. I enjoyed them then and I enjoy them now, particularly as (unlike Traditional Opera) they are performed in English.

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They have just had a question on Eggheads about this :D

What is the name given to songs such as the Major General's song which rely on the fast singing of long strings of words ?

I didn't have a clue but guessed tne right answer when tne options came up.

Anyone know without the options ? ;)
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Postby grannyM » 06 Jun 2016 18:27

Soliloquies (spel?)
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Postby grannyM » 06 Jun 2016 18:32

grannyM wrote:Soliloquies (spel?)


Sorry I now know it isn't that. :oops:
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Postby Trace » 06 Jun 2016 19:41

Sorry to sound dim... Is G&S Simon and Garfunkel?
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Postby Trace » 06 Jun 2016 19:43

Whoops ignore my last post, won't edit!! Silly me!! Senior moment I think :lol:
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Postby Mungo » 06 Jun 2016 21:06

octocruiser wrote:
judgegeoff wrote:When I was a young child, in the early 1950s, my parents used to take me to the Manchester Opera House to attend the D'Oyly Carte Gilbert and Sullivan Operettas. I enjoyed them then and I enjoy them now, particularly as (unlike Traditional Opera) they are performed in English.

"I am the very model of a modern Major General.....tra la lah"


They have just had a question on Eggheads about this :D

What is the name given to songs such as the Major General's song which rely on the fast singing of long strings of words ?

I didn't have a clue but guessed tne right answer when tne options came up.

Anyone know without the options ? ;)


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Postby Mungo » 06 Jun 2016 21:11

Strange but doing some research on my school I found that Sullivan wrote an opera based on a love story from Haddon Hall in Derbyshire. The 2 people involved form the names of our 2 houses at school Vernon and Manners. Our founder must have been inspired by their story!

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haddon_Hall_(opera)
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