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Gilbert & Sullivan

Works produced at the Savoy Theatre, especially those of Gilbert & Sullivan, are collectively known as the Savoy Operas; devotees are sometimes known as a Savoyards.

Note however that a Savoyard was originally a person from Savoy, which is an Alpine region of France; it's also the name for their dialect, and an alternative name for the Italian grape dolcetto.

Number of comic operas on which Gilbert & Sullivan collaborated Click to show or hide the answer
First producer of Gilbert & Sullivan's operas Click to show or hide the answer
Theatre built by D'Oyly Carte to produce "comic operas" – much the most successful of which were by Gilbert & Sullivan Click to show or hide the answer

The Operas

By far the most popular type of question about Gilbert & Sullivan is "Which Gilbert & Sullivan opera has the alternative title ... ?" Hence the format of the following table.

Note that the first opera listed here was never performed at the Savoy, and therefore is not, strictly speaking, one of the Savoy Operas.

Title First performed Alternative title
Click to show or hide the answer 1871 The Gods Grown Old
Click to show or hide the answer 1875None
Click to show or hide the answer 1877None
Click to show or hide the answer 1878The Lass that Loved a Sailor
Click to show or hide the answer 1879The Slave of Duty
Click to show or hide the answer 1881Bunthorne's Bride
Click to show or hide the answer 1882The Peer and the Peri
Click to show or hide the answer 1884Castle Adamant
Click to show or hide the answer 1885The Town of Titipu
Click to show or hide the answer 1887The Witch's Curse
Click to show or hide the answer 1888The Merryman and his Maid
Click to show or hide the answer 1889The King of Barataria
Click to show or hide the answer 1893The Flowers of Progress
Click to show or hide the answer 1896The Statutory Duel

According to Wikipedia, The Yeomen of the Guard was Gilbert & Sullivan's most serious opera and The Gondoliers was their last great success.

The Mikado

Not only does The Mikado have several of Gilbert & Sullivan's most memorable songs (only The Pirates of Penzance can rival it in this respect– see below); its characters have the most memorable names. This makes it the question setter's favourite.

Who (which character in comic opera) let the punishment fit the crime? Click to show or hide the answer
Setting (subtitle is The Town of …) Click to show or hide the answer
Son of the Mikado Click to show or hide the answer
Underworked Lord High Executioner Click to show or hide the answer
Lord High Everything Else Click for more information Click to show or hide the answer
Elderly lady of the Mikado's court, with designs on Nanki–Poo, and therefore "daughter–in–law elect" to the Mikado Click to show or hide the answer

Titles

The gallant, peerless brothers Marco and Giuseppe Palmieri are the title characters of Click to show or hide the answer
Take a Pair of Sparkling Eyes is a song from
Captain Corcoran, Little Buttercup ("a Bumboat Woman", or dockside vendor – the "rosiest, roundest, and reddest beauty in all Spithead") and Ralph (pronounced Rafe) Rackstraw – an able seaman inappropriately in love with the captain's daughter Josephine – appear in Click to show or hide the answer
About a group of fairies who find themselves at odds with the House of Lords (satirises British government and law); title character is a fairy who is banished from the fairies' domain after marrying a human Click to show or hide the answer
A Wandering Minstrel I, Three Little Maids from School are We, The Flowers that Bloom in the Spring, On a Tree by a River (Tit–Willow) Click to show or hide the answer
With Cat–Like Tread, I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major–General, When a Felon's Not Engaged in His Employment (A Policeman's Lot is Not a Happy One) Click to show or hide the answer
Set in the Tower of London Click to show or hide the answer
Sir Richard Cholmondeley, a real–life soldier and farmer during the reign of Henry VIII, is one of the central characters in Click for more information
I Have a Song to Sing–O is a song from

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