William Gilbert

Librettist. Born 18 November 1836. Died 29 May 1911
William Gilbert
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1836-11-18
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William Gilbert

William Gilbert Biography (Wikipedia)

Sir William Schwenck Gilbert (18 November 1836 – 29 May 1911) was an English dramatist, librettist, poet and illustrator best known for his collaboration with composer Arthur Sullivan, which produced fourteen comic operas. The most famous of these 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. The popularity of these works was supported for over a century by year-round performances of them, in Britain and abroad, by the repertory company that Gilbert, Sullivan and their producer Richard D'Oyly Carte founded, the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company. These Savoy operas continue to be frequently performed in the English-speaking world and beyond.

Gilbert's creative output included over 75 plays and libretti, and numerous short stories, poems and lyrics, both comic and serious. After brief careers as a government clerk and a lawyer, Gilbert began to focus, in the 1860s, on writing light verse, including his Bab Ballads, short stories, theatre reviews and illustrations, often for Fun magazine. He also began to write burlesques and his first comic plays, developing a unique absurdist, inverted style that would later be known as his "topsy-turvy" style. He also developed a realistic method of stage direction and a reputation as a strict theatre director. In the 1870s, Gilbert wrote 40 plays and libretti, including his German Reed Entertainments, several blank-verse "fairy comedies", some serious plays, and his first five collaborations with Sullivan: Thespis, Trial by Jury, The Sorcerer, H.M.S. Pinafore and The Pirates of Penzance. In the 1880s, Gilbert focused on the Savoy operas, including Patience, Iolanthe, The Mikado, The Yeomen of the Guard and The Gondoliers.

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Arthur Sullivan
I am the Captain of the Pinafore
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I am the Captain of the Pinafore
Arthur Sullivan
Refrain Audacious Tar from HMS Pinafore
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Refrain Audacious Tar from HMS Pinafore
Arthur Sullivan
Never Mind the Why and Wherefore from HMS Pinafore
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Never Mind the Why and Wherefore from HMS Pinafore
Arthur Sullivan
The Pirates of Penzance (With cat-like tread)
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The Pirates of Penzance (With cat-like tread)
Arthur Sullivan
Love unrequited... When you're lying awake (Iolanthe)
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Love unrequited... When you're lying awake (Iolanthe)
Arthur Sullivan
When the night wind howls (Ruddigore)
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When the night wind howls (Ruddigore)
Arthur Sullivan
When the buds are blossoming (from Ruddigore)
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When the buds are blossoming (from Ruddigore)
Arthur Sullivan
HMS Pinafore: Act I, Trio. A British tar
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HMS Pinafore: Act I, Trio. A British tar
Arthur Sullivan
The Mikado: The Sun Whose Rays
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The Mikado: The Sun Whose Rays
Arthur Sullivan
The Mikado: Alone And Yet Alive
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The Mikado: Alone And Yet Alive

The Mikado: Alone And Yet Alive

Composer
Arthur Sullivan
W. S. Gilbert
Orchestra
Orchestra of English National Opera
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Arthur Sullivan
Iolanthe (Overture)
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Iolanthe (Overture)
Arthur Sullivan
Oh Joy, Oh Rapture Unforeseen
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Oh Joy, Oh Rapture Unforeseen
Arthur Sullivan
H.M.S. Pinafore (extracts)
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H.M.S. Pinafore (extracts)

H.M.S. Pinafore (extracts)

Performer
Sasha Savaloni
Laura Sergeant
Music Arranger
Singer
Jessica Leary
Oscar Castellino
Narrator
Steven Wren
Arthur Sullivan
Trial by Jury; 'When I, good friends, was called to the bar'
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Trial by Jury; 'When I, good friends, was called to the bar'
Arthur Sullivan
The Pirates of Penzance - 'I am the very model of a modern major General'
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The Pirates of Penzance - 'I am the very model of a modern major General'
Arthur Sullivan
Princess Ida (Introduction)
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Princess Ida (Introduction)
Arthur Sullivan
Tis done! I am a bride (The Yeomen of the Guard)
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Tis done! I am a bride (The Yeomen of the Guard)
Arthur Sullivan
HMS Pinafore: Act II, Duet. Things are seldom what they seem
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HMS Pinafore: Act II, Duet. Things are seldom what they seem
Arthur Sullivan
Hark, the hour of ten is sounding (Trial by Jury)
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Hark, the hour of ten is sounding (Trial by Jury)
Arthur Sullivan
Ruddigore (Overture)
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Ruddigore (Overture)
Arthur Sullivan
Tit Willow (The Mikado)
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Tit Willow (The Mikado)
Arthur Sullivan
HMS Pinafore: Finale
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HMS Pinafore: Finale

HMS Pinafore: Finale

Performer
Sasha Savaloni
Laura Sergeant
Singer
Jessica Leary
Oscar Castellino
Arthur Sullivan
A Many Years Ago
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A Many Years Ago

A Many Years Ago

Performer
Sasha Savaloni
Laura Sergeant
Singer
Jessica Leary
Oscar Castellino
Arthur Sullivan
Carefully On Tip-Toe Stealing
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Carefully On Tip-Toe Stealing

Carefully On Tip-Toe Stealing

Performer
Sasha Savaloni
Laura Sergeant
Singer
Jessica Leary
Oscar Castellino
Arthur Sullivan
Never Mind the Why or Wherefore
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Never Mind the Why or Wherefore

Never Mind the Why or Wherefore

Performer
Sasha Savaloni
Laura Sergeant
Singer
Jessica Leary
Oscar Castellino
Arthur Sullivan
A Simple Sailor Lowly Born
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A Simple Sailor Lowly Born

A Simple Sailor Lowly Born

Performer
Sasha Savaloni
Laura Sergeant
Singer
Jessica Leary
Arthur Sullivan
Things Are Seldom What They Seem
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Things Are Seldom What They Seem

Things Are Seldom What They Seem

Performer
Sasha Savaloni
Laura Sergeant
Singer
Jessica Leary
Oscar Castellino
Arthur Sullivan
Fair Moon, To Thee I Sing l
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Fair Moon, To Thee I Sing l

Fair Moon, To Thee I Sing l

Performer
Sasha Savaloni
Laura Sergeant
Singer
Jessica Leary
Oscar Castellino
Arthur Sullivan
Oh Joy, Oh Rapture Unforeseen
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Oh Joy, Oh Rapture Unforeseen

Oh Joy, Oh Rapture Unforeseen

Performer
Sasha Savaloni
Laura Sergeant
Singer
Jessica Leary
Oscar Castellino
Arthur Sullivan
Refrain, Audacious Tar
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Refrain, Audacious Tar

Refrain, Audacious Tar

Performer
Sasha Savaloni
Laura Sergeant
Singer
Jessica Leary
Oscar Castellino
Arthur Sullivan
When I was a lad
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When I was a lad

When I was a lad

Performer
Sasha Savaloni
Laura Sergeant
Singer
Jessica Leary
Oscar Castellino
Arthur Sullivan
Sorry Her Lot Who Loves Too Well
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Sorry Her Lot Who Loves Too Well

Sorry Her Lot Who Loves Too Well

Performer
Sasha Savaloni
Laura Sergeant
Singer
Jessica Leary
Arthur Sullivan
I Am The Captain Of The Pinafore
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I Am The Captain Of The Pinafore

I Am The Captain Of The Pinafore

Performer
Sasha Savaloni
Laura Sergeant
Singer
Jessica Leary
Oscar Castellino
Arthur Sullivan
I'm called little Buttercup
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I'm called little Buttercup

I'm called little Buttercup

Performer
Sasha Savaloni
Laura Sergeant
Singer
Jessica Leary
William Gilbert
Three Little Maids From School Are We
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Three Little Maids From School Are We
William Gilbert
For He's Gone And Married Yum-Yum
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For He's Gone And Married Yum-Yum
Arthur Sullivan
The Mikado (Overture)
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The Mikado (Overture)
Arthur Sullivan
Pineapple Poll: Poll's Solo and Pas de Deux
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Pineapple Poll: Poll's Solo and Pas de Deux
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