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Nov. 28 2006 Penguin Classics
Gilbert and Sullivan's operas are some of the world's best-loved musical works, delighting audiences with their joyous wit, topsy-turvy logic and extravagant wordplay. This glorious treasury is the definitive annotated edition of all fourteen of their operas. From the partially lost work "Thespis", the first collaboration between W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, through the triumphant comic romps "The Pirates of Penzance" and "The Mikado", to lesser-performed gems such as the fanciful "The Sorcerer" and the acerbic lampoon "Patience", Gilbert's libretti are collected here in their most accurate and faithful form. There is a fascinating commentary on each work, telling the extraordinary stories behind the inspiration for the opera and its performance history, and giving plot summaries and original cast lists. Also containing original illustrations from Gilbert's "Bab Ballads", as well as extensive notes for every work, this ultimate Gilbert and Sullivan collection will delight all devotees of the incomparable duo.

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Playwright/lyricist William S. Gilbert (1836-1911) and composer Arthur S. Sullivan (1842-1900) defined operetta or comic operas in Victorian England with a series of their internationally successful and timeless works known as the Savoy Operas.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Quite Perfect Jan. 3 2013
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I purchased the librettos in order to follow along, sing along with the music, and found it great fun. Either you love G&S or hate it, and I love it. What a pleasure to have a copy on my Kindle. Thanks so much.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Savoy Operas Review July 10 2014
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If you, like me, am a fan of the Gilbert & Sullivan Operas you will revel in this edition.
It may be a paper back, but the print is easy to read and it's light to hold
I've just recently sourced all the Operas from the local library which is why I want thi book
I watch the DVD and sing along to all the words
Strange I used to have a copy but gave it away when I downsized 18 years ago
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff! Just what I wanted in record time. June 6 2013
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This book has the complete libretti for all the G & S shows it is interesting to see the period jokes and then the broader, timeless humor. Great Book!
5.0 out of 5 stars The Complete Gilbert and Sullivan Nov. 28 2012
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