The Grand Duke


   

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WEB OPERA

Written by W. S. Gilbert

Music by Arthur Sullivan

Featuring

Almost Two Hours of Music

and

All of the Lyrics and Dialogue

Illustrated with photographs of the original production.



The MIDI files for this opera were sequenced by Paul Howarth. If you would like to have them all to play at any time, you can download them in a zipped file (139KB).

The Karaoke files are also available for download as a single zipped file (202KB) .


DRAMATIS PERSONÆ

  • Rudolph (The Grand Duke of Pfennig Hlabpfennig)
  • Ernest Dummkopf (A Theatrical Manager)
  • Ludwig (His Leading Commedian )
  • Dr. Tannhäuser (A Notary )
  • The Prince of Monte Carlo
  • Viscount Mentone
  • Ben Hashbaz (A Costumier )
  • Herald
  • The Princess of Monte Carlo (Betrothed to Rudolph)
  • The Baroness von Krakenfeldt (Betrothed to Rudolph)
  • Julia Jellicoe (an English Comédienne)
  • Lisa (A Soubrette)
  • Members of Ernest Dummkopf's Company:
    • Olga
    • Gretchen
    • Bertha
    • Elsa
    • Martha
Chamberlains, Nobles, Actors, Actresses, &c.

ACT I. Public Square of Speisesall..
ACT II.The Grand Ducal Palace .
Time — 1750.

First produced at the Savoy Theatre on 7 March, 1896.


THE WEB OPERA

  Overture

ACT I

No. 1 Chorus with solos "Won't it be a pretty wedding?"
No. 1a Duet (Lisa & Ludwig) "Pretty Lisa, fair and tasty"
  Dialogue  
No. 2 Solo (Ludwig) with Chorus "By the mystic regulation"
  Dialogue  
No. 3 Song (Ernest) with Chorus "Were I a king in very truth"
  Dialogue  
No. 4 Song & Duet (Julia & Ernest) "How would I play this part..."
No. 5 Chorus & Song (Ludwig) "My goodness me! what shall I do?...
Ten minutes since I met a chap"
  Dialogue  
No. 6 Song (Notary) "About a century since"
  Dialogue  
Nos.
7 & 8
Quintet "Strange the views some peole hold...
        Now take a card, and gaily sing"
No. 9 Entrance of Chamberlains
Song (Rudolph)
"The good Grand Duke...
A pattern to professors of monarchical autonomy"
  Dialogue  
No. 10 Duet (Baroness & Rudolph) "As o'er our penny roll we sing"
  Dialogue  
No. 11 Song (Rudolph) "When you find you're a broken-down critter"
  Dialogue  
No. 12 Finale, Act I "Come hither, all you people"

ACT II

No. 13 Chorus "As before you we defile"
No. 14 Recit. & Song
      (Ludwig & Chorus)
"Your loyalty our Ducal heart-strings touches...
    At the outset I may mention"
No. 15 Recit. (Ludwig) &
      Song (Lisa)
"Yes, Ludwig and Julia are mated...
    Take care of him — he's much too good to live"
  Dialogue  
No. 16 Duet (Julia & Ludwig) "Now Julia, come, consider it from"
No. 17 Chorus with Solos "Your Highness, there's a party at the door"
  Dialogue  
Nos.
Song (Baroness & Chorus) "Now away to the wedding we go"
18 & 19 Recit & Solo (Julia) "So ends my dream...
     Broken ev'ry promise plighted"
  Dialogue  
Nos. Duet (Julia & Ernest) "If the light of love's lingering ember"
20 & 21 Song (Baroness) & Chorus "Come, bumpers — aye, ever so many"

Nos.
22, 2
3
&
24

Solo (Ludwig) & Chorus "Why, who is this approaching?"
Song (Herald) & Chorus "The Prince of Monte Carlo "
Recit. (Ludwig) "His Highness we know not"
No. 25 Song (Prince) "We're rigged out in magnificent array "
  Dialogue  
No. 26 Dance  
  Dialogue  
No. 27 Song (Prince) & Chorus "Take my advice — when deep in debt"
  Dialogue  
No. 28 Chorus & Song (Rudolph) "Hurrah! Now away to the wedding...
     Well, you're a pretty kind of fellow"
  Dialogue  
No. 29 Finale, Act II "Happy couples, lightly treading"

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