Web Opera

Featuring

All of the Music as MIDI Files

and

The Full Lyrics and Dialogue



Welcome to an Internet "Web Opera" — a full Gilbert and Sullivan Opera, with all the music, lyrics, and dialogue! All you need to enjoy this opera is the ability to listen to midi files on your computer. MIDI files are not recordings as such — instead, they contain computer code which gives instructions to your computer sound circuitry to emulate musical instruments. This makes the files very much smaller than sound recordings, but cannot include voices. Thus, we provide the lyrics on the screen for you to sing-along with the music.

The opera is illustrated with historical photographs of D'Oyly Carte Opera Company productions.

You can also download all of these MIDI files as a ZIP file. Alternatively, these files are available in Karaoke format.


THE WEB OPERA

ACT I

No. 1 "When maiden loves, she sits and sighs" (Phœbe)
  >>Spoken Dialogue
No. 1a "When jealous torments rack my soul" (Wilfrid — Cut Song)
Larry Byler has made a PDF of the vocal score to this number available, which may be downloaded here. For further information, see our cut songs page.
No. 2 "Tower warders, Under orders" (Chorus & 2nd Yeoman)
  >>Spoken Dialogue
No. 3 "When our gallant Norman foes" (Dame Carruthers & Chorus)
  >>Spoken Dialogue
No. 3a "A laughing boy but yesterday" (Sergeant Meryll — Cut Song)
Larry Byler has made PDF of the vocal score to this number available, which may be downloaded here. For further information, see our cut songs page.
  >>Spoken Dialogue
No. 4 "Alas! I Waver To and Fro" (Phœbe, Leonard, & Sergeant Meryll)
  >>Spoken Dialogue
No. 5 "Is life a boon?" (Colonel Fairfax)
  >>Spoken Dialogue
No. 6 "Here's a Man of Jollity" (Chorus)
  >>Spoken Dialogue
No. 7 "I Have a Song To Sing, O!" ( Elsie Maynard & Jack Point)
  >>Spoken Dialogue
No. 8 "How Say You Maiden, Will You Wed" ( Elsie, Point & Lieutenant)
  >>Spoken Dialogue
No. 9 "I've Jibe and Joke" (Point)
  >>Spoken Dialogue
No. 10 "'Tis Done! I Am a Bride!" (Elsie)
  >>Spoken Dialogue
No. 11 "Were I Thy Bride" ( Phœbe)
  >>Spoken Dialogue
No. 12 "Oh, Sergeant Meryll, Is It True" ( Act I Finale)

ACT II

No. 13 "Night Has Spread Her Pall Once More" (Chorus & Dame Carruthers)
  >>Spoken Dialogue
No. 14 "Oh! a private buffoon is a light-hearted loon" (Point)
  >>Spoken Dialogue
No. 15 "Hereupon We're Both Agreed" (Point & Wilfred)
  >>Spoken Dialogue
No. 16 "Free From His Fetters Grim" (Fairfax)
  >>Spoken Dialogue
No. 17 "Strange Adventure!" (Kate, Dame Carruthers, Fairfax & Meryll)
  >>Spoken Dialogue
No. 18 "Hark! What Was That, Sir?" (Ensemble)
  >>Spoken Dialogue
No. 19 "A man who would woo a fair maid" (Elsie, Phœbe, & Fairfax)
  >>Spoken Dialogue
No. 20 "When a Wooer Goes A-wooing" (Elsie, Phœbe, Fairfax & Point)
  >>Spoken Dialogue
No. 21 "Rapture, rapture" (Dame Carruthers & Sergeant Meryll)
No. 22 "Comes the Pretty Young Bride" (Finale Act II)


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Page modified 27 August, 2011