The Mikado (Sullivan, Arthur)

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Performances

Recordings

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Dbmiller (2022/1/23)

Performer Pages Really Authentic Gilbert and Sullivan Performance Trust (company)
Dunedin Symphony Orchestra (orchestra)
Alan Spencer (stage director)
Michael Andrewes (conductor/musical director)
Sydney Manowitz (concertmaster)
Roger Wilson (The Mikado of Japan)
Dave Solomon (Ko-Ko)
Stephen Smith (Nanki-Poo)
Fiona Henry (Yum-Yum)
Peter Chin (Pooh-Bah)
Michael Gray (Pish-Tush)
Claire Barton (Katisha)
Sarah Oliver (Pitti-Sing)
Sophie Uden (Peep-Bo)
Publisher Info. Really Authentic Gilbert and Sullivan Performance Trust, 2007.
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Misc. Notes Recorded live, 2007. This is audio from a videotaped performance.
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Performer Pages Gilbert and Sullivan Operatic Society Dunedin (company)
Dunedin Symphony Orchestra (orchestra, as Dunedin Civic Orchestra)
Moira Fleming (producer)
Michael Andrewes (conductor/musical director)
Joan Gardiner (leader)
Brian Beresford (The Mikado of Japan)
Peter Chin (Nanki-Poo)
Peter Rowlands (Ko-Ko)
Noel Davie (Pooh-Bah)
Charles Levings (Pish-Tush)
Kathleen Padman (Yum-Yum)
Brenda Jones (Pitti-Sing)
Lyndal Howley (Peep-Bo)
Bertha Rawlinson (Katisha)
Publisher Info. RAGSPT Revisited, 2022.
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Misc. Notes Recorded live, 1974. This recording includes all the dialogue. Enquiries, comments or requests for a programme may be addressed to ragsptrevisited@gmail.com.
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Performer Pages Glyndebourne Festival Chorus (chorus)
Pro Arte Orchestra (orchestra)
Malcolm Sargent (conductor)
Owen Brannigan (The Mikado of Japan)
Richard Lewis (Nanki-Poo)
Geraint Evans (Ko-Ko)
Ian Wallace (Pooh-Bah)
John Cameron (Pish-Tush)
Elsie Morison (Yum-Yum)
Marjorie Thomas (Pitti-Sing)
Jeannette Sinclair (Peep-Bo)
Monica Sinclair (Katisha)
Publisher Info. HMV, December 1957.
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Misc. Notes This version was recorded after Rupert D'Oyly Carte changed the performance libretto to remove a racial epithet for black people. This non-D'Oyly Carte performance makes the now-customary change in "A more humane Mikado," but leaves "As someday it may happen" in its original state.
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4 more: Act I (cont.) • Act I (concl.) • Act II (pt.1) • Act II (concl.)

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Performer Pages D'Oyly Carte Opera Company (soloists and chorus)
New Promenade Orchestra (orchestra)
Isidore Godfrey (conductor)
Darrell Fancourt (The Mikado of Japan)
Leonard Osborn (Nanki-Poo)
Martyn Green (Ko-Ko)
Richard Watson (Pooh-Bah)
Alan Styler (Pish-Tush)
L. Radley Flynn (Go-To)
Donald Harris (Go-To)
Margaret Mitchell (Yum-Yum)
Joan Gillingham (Pitti-Sing)
Joyce Wright (Peep-Bo)
Ella Halman (Katisha)
Publisher Info. London: London Records, 1950.
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Misc. Notes Flynn sings Go-To's solo line in Act I ("Why, who are you who ask this question") and Harris sings the bass part in the Act II madrigal. Source: Archive.org. Date per discogs.
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Performer Pages Mayfair Chorus (chorus)
Mayfair Orchestra (orchestra)
George W. Byng (conductor)
Arthur Wood (conductor)
Robert Radford (The Mikado of Japan/Pooh-Bah/Pish-Tush)
John Harrison (Nanki-Poo/Pooh-Bah)
George Baker (Ko-Ko/Pish-Tush)
Ernest Pike (Pish-Tush)
Violet Essex (Yum-Yum)
Bessie Jones (Yum-Yum/Pitti-Sing/Peep-Bo)
Violet Oppenshaw (Pitti-Sing/Peep-Bo)
Edna Thornton (Pitti-Sing/Katisha)
Publisher Info. HMV, 1917.
Performers Byng conducts all numbers except "As someday it may happen," which is conducted by Wood. Most parts are played by multiple performers. For the parts played by mulitple performers, they are indicated as follows:
Nanki-Poo: "Brightly dawns" — Pike / Otherwise — Harrison
Pooh-Bah: "See how the fates" — Harrison / Otherwise — Radford
Pish-Tush: "Our great Mikado," "So please you, sir" — Baker / "I am so proud" — Pike / "Brightly dawns" — Radford
Yum-Yum: "Brightly dawns" — Jones / Otherwise — Essex
Pitti-Sing: "Braid the raven hair" — Oppenshaw / "See how the fates" — Jones / Otherwise — Thornton
Peep-Bo: "Three little maids" — Oppenshaw / "So please you, sir" — Peep-Bo
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Performer Pages Harry Dearth (The Mikado of Japan)
Walter Hyde (Nanki-Poo)
Walter Passmore (Ko-Ko)
Harry Thornton (Pooh-Bah)
Harry Dearth (Pooh-Bah)
Harry Dearth (Pish-Tush)
Elsa Sinclair (Yum-Yum)
Ada Florence (Pitti-Sing)
Maude Perry (Peep-Bo)
Ada Florence (Katisha)
Publisher Info. Odeon, 1908.
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Misc. Notes Harry Thornton sings Pooh-Bah in "See how the fates" and "The flowers that bloom in the spring." Harry Dearth sings Pooh-Bah on all other sides. More information from Marc Shepherd. Conductor, orchestra and chorus not credited.
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Publisher. Info. Leipzig: Bosworth & Co., n.d.(1893-98).
Reprinted New York: E.F. Kalmus, n.d.(1985). Catalog A2281.
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Publisher. Info. London: Chappell, n.d.
London: D'Oyly Carte Opera Co., n.d.
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Publisher. Info. London: Chappell, n.d.
London: D'Oyly Carte Opera Co., n.d.
Reprinted New York: E.F. Kalmus, n.d.(1985). Catalog A2281.
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Vocal Scores

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Arranger George Lowell Tracy (1855-1921), piano reduction
Editor First edition (reprint)
Publisher. Info. London: Chappell, n.d.[1885].
Reprinted New York: William A. Pond & Co., 1885.
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Arranger George Lowell Tracy (1855-1921), piano reduction
Language English
Publisher. Info. New York: William A. Pond & Co., 1885*. Plate 13809.
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Arranger George Lowell Tracy (1855-1921), piano reduction
Publisher. Info. London: Chappell, n.d.(ca.1920). Plate 18056.
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Arranger George Lowell Tracy (1855-1921), piano reduction
Editor Bryceson Treharne (1879-1948)
Publisher. Info. New York: G. Schirmer, n.d.(ca.1940). Plate 38309.
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Misc. Notes This score contains all the dialogue. Published without a copyright notice.
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Selections

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Publisher. Info. New York: M. Witmark & Sons, 1925. Plate 17059-17.
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Editor GurtLush Choir
Publisher. Info. GurtLush Arrangements
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Arranger Herbert Wallace (fl.1885-1915)
Publisher. Info. Gems from 'The Mikado' Arranged for the Piano-Forte
New York: Richard A. Saalfield, 1886.
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Publisher. Info. Stephen Lawrence, 2022.
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Arrangements and Transcriptions

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For Piano (Tracy)

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Arranger George Lowell Tracy (1855-1921)
Publisher. Info. London: Chappell & Co., n.d.[1886]. Plate C.C. 18056-18057.
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Publisher. Info. Vienna: Jos. Weinberger, n.d. Plate W. & H. 91 & 93.
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Arranger Theodore Moses Tobani (1855-1933)
Publisher. Info. Carl Fischer's Theatre Orchestra Edition, No.60
New York: Carl Fischer, 1913. Plate 1500-64.
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Arranger Theodore Moses Tobani (1855-1933)
Publisher. Info. Carl Fischer's Theatre Orchestra Edition, No.60
New York: Carl Fischer, 1913. Plate 1500-64.
Reprinted Miami: Edwin F. Kalmus, n.d.(1971-87). Catalog A6920.
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Arranger George Wiegand
Publisher. Info. Concert Music for Orchestra, No.29
New York: New York Music Publishing Co. (Limited), 1885. Plate 391.
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Arranger Frank Winterbottom (1861-1930)
Publisher. Info. London: Chappell, n.d. Plate 18064.
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Misc. Notes "The Mikado Selection" Fl and Picc, Oboe I & II, Clar I & II (b flat), Fag I & II, Horns I & II (e flat), Horns III & IV (e flat), Cornets I & II (b flat)
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For Piano 4 hands (Blake)
See: Potpourri on 'The Mikado' (Blake, Charles Dupee)
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See: Theaterrevuen (No.42)

Fantasia

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Arranger Henry Farmer (1819–1891)
Publisher. Info. London: Chappell, n.d.[ca.1900]. Plate 18068.
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I've Got Him on the List (As Someday It May Happen)

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Arranger Cramer (possibly Henri Cramer or Cramer - Pseudonym)
Publisher. Info. Philadelphia: W.F. Shaw, 1885.
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Brightly Dawns Our Wedding Day

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Arranger Hans Jorgen Messerschmidt (b. 1944)
Publisher. Info. Hans Jorgen Messerschmidt, 2017.
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Behold the Lord High Executioner

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Arranger Duncan Fyfe Gillies (b. 1949)
Publisher. Info. Duncan Fyfe Gillies, 2020.
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The Flowers that Bloom in the Spring

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Arranger George John Trinkaus (1878-1960)
Publisher. Info. Philadelphia: Morris Music Co., 1910.
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Libretto

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Language German/English
Translator Siegfried Ehrenberg (as C. Carlotta)
Publisher. Info. Berlin: R. Boll, n.d.(1886).
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Publisher. Info. London: Bosworth & Co., n.d.
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General Information

Work Title The Mikado
Alternative. Title The Town of Titipu
Name Translations Der Mikado; Mikadon; El Mikado; ミカド; أوبرا ميكادو; 미카도; Микадо; 帝王 (1939年電影); 帝王 (1939年电影); 米卡多; میکادو; המיקאדו; اوبرا ميكادو
Name Aliases The Mikado (opérette); Three Little Maids from School; The mikado; El mikado; ミカド (喜歌劇); 日本天皇 (歌劇); 帝王; 日本天皇
Authorities WorldCat; Wikipedia; VIAF: 2311147270547335700006; LCCN: n82227762; GND: 300159099; BNF: 139200534
Composer Sullivan, Arthur
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IAS 86
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 2 acts
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1885
First Performance. 1885-03-14 in London, Savoy Theatre.
D'Oyly Carte Opera Company ; Sir Arthur Sullivan (conductor)
First Publication. 1885 (vocal score); 1893? (full score)
  • Vocal score (London: Chappell & Co.), 152 pages
  • Full score (Leipzig: Bosworth & Co.), 333 pages
Librettist William Schwenck Gilbert (1836-1911)
Language English
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation voices, mixed chorus (SATB), orchestra
InstrDetail
Cast
The Mikado of Japan (bass or bass-baritone)
Nanki-Poo, His Son, disguised as a wandering minstrel and in love with Yum-Yum (tenor)
Ko-Ko, The Lord High Executioner of Titipu (comic baritone)
Pooh-Bah, Lord High Everything Else (baritone)
Pish-Tush, A Noble Lord (baritone)
Go-To, A Noble Lord (bass-baritone)
Yum-Yum, A Ward of Ko-Ko, also engaged to Ko-Ko (soprano)
Pitti-Sing, A Ward of Ko-Ko (mezzo-soprano)
Peep-Bo, A Ward of Ko-Ko (soprano or mezzo-soprano)
Katisha, An Elderly lady, in love with Nanki-Poo (contralto)

Mixed Chorus (SATB)

School-Girls, Nobles, Guards and Coolies

Orchestra

2 flutes (2nd also piccolo), oboe, 2 clarinets, bassoon
2 horns, 2 cornets, 2 trombones
timpani, bass drum, cymbals, triangle, snare drum, strings
Related Works Pieces based on 'The Mikado'
Discography Gilbert & Sullivan Discography
External Links Wikipedia article; Gilbert & Sullivan Archive
Extra Information There is some confusion about the actual date of issue for the Bosworth full score. The entry for this work (p.577) in James Fuld's The Book of World-Famous Music mentions an issue of 25 copies from Bosworth as early as 1893, despite the given date of 1898 in the biography by Arthur Lawrence published in 1899. The entry in Hofmeister's Monatsbericht (1900), p.03 (October) is likewise mentioned, though this seems late.

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