The Mikado (Dover Thrift Editions) (Paperback)
A lighthearted burlesque of Victorian English culture and the vagaries of love, The Mikado offers an ideal matching of William Schwenck Gilbert's elegant comedic gifts with Arthur Sullivan's agile and refined musicianship. The tale unfolds amid a fanciful version of Japanese society, in which a wandering minstrel has the misfortune to fall in love with the beautiful ward of the Lord High Executioner of Titipu.
The sparkling lyrics and witty dialogue of this comic masterpiece are as much a delight to read as they are to hear with musical accompaniment. The complete libretto is reprinted in this edition from the standard performance text of The Mikado, complete with nine charming illustrations drawn by W. S. Gilbert himself.
About the Author
English playwright, librettist, and poet William Schwenck Gilbert (1836-1911) is chiefly remembered for the comic operas he created in collaboration with Sir Arthur Sullivan. Their best known works include The Pirates of Penzance and H.M.S. Pinafore.