or The King of Barataria
First produced at the Savoy Theatre, London, on Saturday, 7th
December, 1889, under the
management of Mr. D'OYLY CARTE, and reproduced there on Tuesday, March 22nd, 1898, under the same management.
Music by Arthur Sullivan (orchestrated by Peter Murray) : Lyrics and Libretto by W.S. Gilbert
Savoy Theatre, London - 7 December, 1P889
Park Theatre, New York - 7 January, 1890
THE STORY (Venice/Barataria; 1750)
At birth, Casilda, the 21 year old daughter of the Duke and Duchess
of Plaza-Toro, was married by proxy to the then infant son and
heir of the exceedingly wealthy King of Barataria. Unfortunately,
the King became a rather bigoted Wesleyan Methodist, and the Grand
Inquisitor, determined that such a trend should not continue,
arranged for the heir to be kidnapped and taken to Venice. There
he was placed in the care of a respectable Gondolier who raised
him alongside his own son. Now Gondoliers themselves, his 'sons',
Marco and Giuseppe, have recently selected a bride each - Gianetta
and Tessa - from their large female following and are, therefore,
upset to learn that, as heir apparent to the throne, one of them
may have to sacrifice his bride in order to marry Casilda. She
is not happy with the situation either as she is in love with
Luiz. As Marco and Giuseppe's 'father' has since died, the only
person who can identify the Prince is Inez who was his childhood
nurse. When called upon to make her judgement she reveals that
neither is in fact the King's son because when the baby was kidnapped
she substituted her own child in his place. Therefore, the true
heir to the throne of Barataria is Luiz. This proves very satisfactory
to all parties as the Gondoliers can keep their brides and Casilda
can both fulfil the proxy and marry the one she loves.
Dramatis Persona. (Original casts)
|7th December, 1889||22nd March, 1898|
|THE DUKE OF PLAZA-TORO (a Grandee of Spain)||Mr. FRANK WYATT||Mr. WILLIAM ELTON|
|Luiz (his Attendant)||Mr. BROWNLOW||Mr. JONES HEWSON|
|DON ALHAMBRA DEL BOLERO (the Grand Inquisitor)||Mr. DENNY||Mr. WALTER PASSMORE|
|MARCO PALMIERI||Mr. COURTICE POUNDS||Mr. CHARLES KENNINGHAM|
|GIUSEPPE PALMIERI||Mr. RUTLAND BARRINGTON||Mr. HENRY A. LYTTON|
|ANTONIO||Mr. METCALF||Mr. LEONARD RUSSELL|
|FRANCESCO||Mr. ROSE||Mr. CORY JAMES|
|GIORGIO||Mr. DE PLEDGE||Mr. H. GORDON|
|ANNIBALE||Mr. WILBRAHAM||Mr. C. CHILDERSTONE|
|THE DUCHESS OF PLAZA-TORO||MISS ROSINA BRANDRAM||MISS ROSINA BRANDRAM|
|CASILDA (her Daughter)||MISS DECIMA MOORE||MISS RUTH VINCENT|
|GIANETTA||MISS GERALDINE ULMAR||MISS EMMIE OWEN|
|TESSA||MISS JESSIE BOND||MISS LOUIE HENRI|
|FIAMETTA||MISS LAWRENCE||MISS ETHEL JACKSON|
|VITTORIA||Miss COLE||MISS JESSIE ROSE|
|GIULIA||MISS PHYLLIS||MISS MARGARET MOYSE|
|INEZ (the King's Foster-mother)||MISS BERNARD||MISS JESSIE POUNDS|
Chorus of Gondoliers and Contadine, Men-at-Arms, Heralds, and Pages.
- CHORUS OF CONTADINE (with Solos) - " List and learn "
- ENTRANCE OF Casilda, Duchess, Luiz, and Duke, " From
the sunny Spanish shore "
- SONG (Duke of Plaza-Toro), " In enterprise
of martial kind "
- RECIT. (Casilda and Luis), " O rapture, when
alone together "
- DUET (Casilda and Luis), " There was a time "
- SONG (Don Alhambra, with Casilda, Luis, Duke, and Duchess), " No
possible doubt whatever "
- RECIT. (Casilda and Don Alhambra), " But,
bless my heart "
- QUINTET (Casilda, Duchess, Luiz, Duke, and Grand Inquisitor), " Try
we life long "
- CHORUS, " Bridegroom and Bride "
with Solo (Tessa), " When a merry maiden marries "
- FINALE ACT I — SONG (Gianetta), " Kind
sir, you cannot have the heart "
QUARTET (Tessa, Gianetta, Marco, and Giuseppe), " A regular Royal Queen "
- CHORUS OF MEN (with Marco and Giuseppe)
- SONG (Giuseppe) (with Chorus), " Rising
early in the morning "
- SONG (Marco), " Take a pair of sparkling eyes "
- SCENA (Chorus of Girls, Quartet, Duet, and Chorus) " Here
we are at the risk of our lives "
- CHORUS AND DANCE, " Dance a Cachucha "
- SONG (Don Alhambra, with Marco and Giuseppe), " There
lived a king "
- QUARTET (Gianetta, Tessa, Marco, and Giuseppe), " In
a contemplative fashion "
- CHORUS OF MEN (with Duke and Duchess), " With
ducal pomp "
- SONG (Duchess), " On the day when I was wedded "
- RECIT. and DUET (Duke and Duchess), " Small
titles and orders "
- GAVOTTE (Casilda, Duchess, Marco, Giuseppe, and Duke), " I
am a courtier grave and serious "
- QUINTET & FINALE (Casilda, Gianetta, Tessa, Marco, Giuseppe, and Chorus)
INSTRUMENTATION (Total number of books=21)
3 Violins 1
3 Violins II
1 Double Bass
1 Piano (optional - annotated vocal score)
1 Full Score