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The Complete Plays (The Savoy Operas #1-13 omnibus)

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From Trial by Jury to The Pirates of Penzance: the complete librettos of all fourteen Gilbert and Sullivan operas.


Gilbert's verses for Sullivan's music are the most fastidiously turned and inventively rhymed in all lyric comedy. As the Savoy Operas enter their second century on a swell of renewed popularity, Gilbert's reputation as the supreme wordsmith of light opera rem

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Paperback, 624 pages
Published September 17th 1997 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published January 1st 1936)
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Tony
THE COMPLETE SAVOY OPERAS. (var.dates). William S. Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan. *****.
This was a two-volume set prepared and issued by the Folio Society in 1994. It contained an introduction by Fredric Woolbridge Wilson, and was illustrated throughout with reproductions of contemporary lithographs, etchings, and photographs related to the original performances. What a delight to be able to read through these libretti and, when no one is around, sing or hum the songs I know from several of my f
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Andrea
May 05, 2007 Andrea rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: EVERYONE!
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I started getting into Gilbert & Sullivan operettas after viewing The Pirates of Penzance movie on TV. OMG. Funniest musical. I bought the soundtrack and then viewed Topsy-Turvy (a retelling of how G&S got to creating The Mikado). I bought that album as well. I have since bought another three G&S operettas (the recorded albums) but I found some of the singing made it difficult to understand the lyrics. Lyrics, of course, help you understand the gist of the play/musical/whatever. So I ...more
Leslie
4 stars for the content but only 3 stars for this particular Kindle edition (from Project Gutenberg) which suffered from formatting problems.

This book contains the 14 operas that Gilbert and Sullivan collaborated on. I have rated the individual plays/operettas separately.
Joanne
No Savoyard should be without this. This is the version I own, but anyone who's done G&S needs a copy of the librettos. Such fun.
Lisa Vegan
Nov 30, 2007 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Gilbert & Sullivan fans who know the music
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Love these but it really helps if you can sing along. If you don't know the music, doubt these would be enjoyed as much.
Ann
always fun to watch and work on! I was Chorus in Mikado and still remember the whole experience with happy memories!
Lynda
The plays are almost as good as the albums and better than some stage presentations I have seen.
Hollis
The best light opera ever written.
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Sir William Schwenck Gilbert was an English dramatist, librettist, poet and illustrator best known for his fourteen comic operas produced in collaboration with the composer Sir Arthur Sullivan, of which the most famous include H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance and one of the most frequently performed works in the history of musical theatre, The Mikado. These, as well as most of their other ...more
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The Savoy Operas (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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  • H.M.S. Pinafore
  • The Pirates of Penzance
  • Patience
  • Iolanthe
  • Princess Ida, or Castle Adamant (Vocal Score)
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  • Ruddigore
  • Yeomen of the Guard
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