Vocal score of The Gondoliers; or, The King of Barataria, by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. Arrangement for Pianoforte by J.H. Wadsworth (of Boston, U.S.A). Published by Chappell & Co. Ltd, 50, New Bond Street, London, W.
Thye Gondoliers - First produced at the Savoy Theatre, London, on Saturday, 7th December, 1889, under the
management of Mr. D'OYLY CARTE, and reproduced there on Tuesday, March 22nd, 1898, under the same management. Music by Arthur Sullivan (orchestrated by Peter Murray) : Lyrics and Libretto by W.S. Gilbert.
The Gondoliers, or, The King of Barataria, was the twelfth opera written together by Gilbert and Sullivan. Opening on December 7, 1889 at the Savoy Theatre, The Gondoliers ran for 554 performances, and was the last of the G&S operas that would achieve wide popularity.
Two just-married Venetian gondoliers are informed by the Grand Inquisitor that one of them has just become the King of "Barataria", but only their foster mother, presently at large, knows which one. As Barataria needs a king to put down unrest in the country, they travel there to reign jointly, leaving their wives behind in Venice until the old lady can be interviewed. It turns out that the king was wed in infancy to the beautiful daughter of the Spanish Duke of Plaza Toro, and so it seems he is an unintentional bigamist. Of course, the beautiful daughter is in love with a common servant! When the young Spaniard and the two Venetian wives all show up wanting to know which of them is queen, complications arise. The true identity of the king is revealed, and all is combed out spectacularly well by the end.
The cover is in good condition for its age, but the spine shows damage in three sections exposing the binding. There is slight bumping at the corners and some bubbling to the front and back. The pages have "turn" marks at the bottom right corner and pages 47 and 131 have been repaired. However all pages are fully intact and tight and score is clearly visible.