THE MIKADO – with Stephanie Blythe
Recorded recently at The Lyric Opera of Chicago
Thursday 30th June at 14.00 UK time
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Stephanie Blythe as Katisha with Neal Davies as Ko-Ko
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Penny Gore presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s two-act operetta, The Mikado, which received its premiere at the Savoy Theatre in London in 1885 and ran for a remarkable 672 performances. Since then, it has been popular with audiences across the world, including in the U.S. where this performance was recorded earlier this season at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, conducted by their music director, Sir Andrew Davis.
British tenor, Toby Spence, makes his Lyric Opera debut in the role of Nanki-Poo, son of the Mikado of Japan (bass James Morris).
In the land of Titipu, all is not well, as Nanki-Poo is thwarted in his amorous intentions towards Yum-Yum (soprano Andriana Chuchman), who is already betrothed to her guardian Ko-Ko (baritone Neal Davies). The farcical plot unravels, throwing out classic G&S show-tunes along the way, including “Three little maids from school”, “A more humane Mikado”, “Tit Willow” and “I’ve got a little list”
The Mikado – James Morris (bass)
Nanki-Poo – Toby Spence (tenor)
Yum-Yum – Andriana Chuchman (soprano)
Katisha – Stephanie Blythe (contralto)
Ko-Ko – Neal Davies (baritone)
Pooh-Bah – Andrew Shore (baritone)
Pish-Tush – Phillip Kraus (baritone)
Pitti-Sing – Katharine Goeldner (mezzo-soprano)
Peep-Bo – Emily Fons (soprano)
Chicago Lyric Opera Chorus and Orchestra
Conductor Andrew Davis.
DURATION 2.5 hours