The Pirates of Penzance; or, The Slave of Duty is a comic opera in two acts, with music by Arthur Sullivan and libretto by W. S. Gilbert. The opera's official premiere was at the Fifth Avenue Theatre in New York City on 31 December 1879, where the show was well received by both audiences and critics. Its London debut was on 3 April 1880, at the Opera Comique, where it ran for a very successful 363 performances, having already been playing successfully for over three months in New York.
Pirates was the fifth Gilbert and Sullivan collaboration and introduced the much-parodied Major-General's Song. The opera was performed for a century by the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company in Britain and many other opera companies and repertory companies worldwide.
It has received several modernised productions, including Joseph Papp's 1981 production on Broadway, which ran for 787 performances, winning the Tony Award for Best Revival and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical, and spawned many imitations. Pirates remains popular today, taking its place along with The Mikado and H.M.S. Pinafore as one of the most frequently played Gilbert and Sullivan operas.
Release date: 1998
Last Update:July, 02nd 2013
Pirates of Penzance, The lyrics list
- Act 1
- Pour, O Pour the Pirate Sherry
- When Frederic Was a Little Lad
- Oh, Better Far to Live and Die
- Oh! False One, You Have Deceived Me
- Climbing over Rocky Mountains
- Stop, Ladies, Pray!
- Oh Is There Not One Maiden Breast?
- Poor Wandering One
- What Ought We to Do?
- How Beautifully Blue the Sky
- Stay, We Must Not Lose Our Senses
- Hold, Monsters!
- I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General
- Finale Act I
- Act 2
- Oh, Dry the Glistening Tear
- Now, Frederic, Let Your Escort Lion-Hearted When the Foeman Bares His Steel
- Now for the Pirates' Lair!
- When You Had Left Our Pirate Fold
- Away, Away! My Heart's on Fire
- All Is Prepared / Stay, Frederic, Stay!
- No, I'll be brave
- When a Felon's Not Engaged in His Employment
- A Rollicking Ban of Pirates We
- With Cat-Like Tread
- Hush, Hush! Not a Word / Sighing Softly to the River