Opera Scotland

Mikado The Mikado, or The Town of Titipu

Tours by decade

1880s - 2 tours

1890s - 2 tours

1900s - 2 tours

1910s - 3 tours

1914 - D'Oyly Carte Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1916 - D'Oyly Carte Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1918 - D'Oyly Carte Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1920s - 1 tour

1922 - D'Oyly Carte Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1930s - 1 tour

1933 - D'Oyly Carte Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1960s - 2 tours

1963 - Sadler's Wells Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1967 - D'Oyly Carte Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1970s - 1 tour

1977 - D'Oyly Carte Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1980s - 2 tours

1986 - New Sadler's Wells Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra
1989 - D'Oyly Carte Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra

1990s - 1 tour

1990 - D'Oyly Carte Opera Company
Fully Staged with Orchestra

2000s - 1 tour

2005 - Carl Rosa Company (est 1998)
Fully Staged with Orchestra

2010s - 5 tours

2016 - Scottish Opera
Pre-show Talk
2016 - Scottish Opera
Opera Unwrapped
2016 - Cat-Like Tread
Fully Staged, reduced orchestration
2016 - University of St Andrews G&S Society
Fully Staged, reduced orchestration
2016 - Scottish Opera
Fully Staged with Orchestra

Tours by location

Scotland, UK - 41 entries

1886 - Mr R D'Oyly Carte's Opera Company
Dundee
1886 - Mr R D'Oyly Carte's Opera Company
Aberdeen
1886 - Mr R D'Oyly Carte's Opera Company
Glasgow
1886 - Mr R D'Oyly Carte's Opera Company
Edinburgh
1887 - Mr R D'Oyly Carte's Continental Mikado Company
Dundee
1891 - Mr R D'Oyly Carte's Principal Repertoire Company
Glasgow
1891 - Mr R D'Oyly Carte's Principal Repertoire Company
Edinburgh
1891 - Mr R D'Oyly Carte's Principal Repertoire Company
Aberdeen
1891 - Mr R D'Oyly Carte's Principal Repertoire Company
Braemar
1891 - Mr R D'Oyly Carte's Principal Repertoire Company
Dundee
1898 - Mr R D'Oyly Carte's Opera Company
Dundee
1904 - D'Oyly Carte Principal Repertoire Company
Dundee
1906 - D'Oyly Carte Principal Repertoire Company
Dundee
1914 - D'Oyly Carte Opera Company
Dundee
1916 - D'Oyly Carte Opera Company
Dundee
1918 - D'Oyly Carte Opera Company
Aberdeen
1918 - D'Oyly Carte Opera Company
Dundee
1922 - D'Oyly Carte Opera Company
Dundee
1933 - D'Oyly Carte Opera Company
Glasgow
1963 - Sadler's Wells Opera
Glasgow
1967 - D'Oyly Carte Opera Company
Glasgow
1967 - D'Oyly Carte Opera Company
Edinburgh
1977 - D'Oyly Carte Opera Company
Glasgow
1986 - New Sadler's Wells Opera
Aberdeen
1989 - D'Oyly Carte Opera Company
Aberdeen
1990 - D'Oyly Carte Opera Company
Edinburgh
2005 - Carl Rosa Company (est 1998)
Aberdeen
2016 - Scottish Opera
Glasgow
2016 - Scottish Opera
Glasgow
2016 - Scottish Opera
Glasgow
2016 - Scottish Opera
Inverness
2016 - Scottish Opera
Inverness
2016 - Scottish Opera
Inverness
2016 - Scottish Opera
Aberdeen
2016 - Scottish Opera
Aberdeen
2016 - Scottish Opera
Aberdeen
2016 - Scottish Opera
Edinburgh
2016 - Scottish Opera
Edinburgh
2016 - Scottish Opera
Edinburgh
2016 - University of St Andrews G&S Society
Edinburgh
2016 - Cat-Like Tread
Edinburgh

Northern Ireland, UK - 2 entries

England, UK - 4 entries

2016 - Scottish Opera
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
2016 - Scottish Opera
Newcastle-upon-Tyne
2016 - Scottish Opera
Bristol
2016 - Scottish Opera
Southampton

Music

Arthur Sullivan (botn London, 13 May 1842; died London, 22 November 1900)

Text

William S Gilbert

Source

Original

 

Premières

First Performance: London (Savoy Theatre), 14 March 1885.

First Performance in Scotland: Dundee (Her Majesty's Theatre), 4 January 1886.

Scottish Opera première: Glasgow (Theatre Royal), 5 May 2016.

 

Background

The Mikado enjoyed the longest initial run of all the Gilbert and Sullivan pieces, and in the decades since has usually been regarded as their masterpiece. Indeed, Sullivan, who had a flourishing career composing serious music, is reputed to have been rather hurt when another composer of the day, Ethel Smyth, suggested that The Mikado was his masterpiece, rather than The Golden Legend, Ivanhoe or any other of his serious works.

 

Main Characters

The Mikado of Japan (bass)

Nanki-Poo, his son (tenor)

Ko-Ko, Lord High Executioner (baritone)

Pooh-Bah, Lord High Everything Else (bass)

Pish-Tush, a Noble Lord (baritone)

Yum-Yum, Ko-Ko's ward (soprano)

Pitti-Sing, her sister (mezzo-soprano)

Katisha, an elderly lady (contralto)

 

Plot Summary

In the Japanese town of Titipu, the citizens are tired of the constant round of executions taking place for even minor offences. They appoint as Lord High Executioner the next prisoner on Death Row, one Ko-Ko, a tailor, on the supposition that he cannot execute anyone as he is himself first in the queue.

Nanki-Poo, the emperor's son, flees from the Court to escape the attentions of Katisha, who wishes to marry him. Disguised as a minstrel, he arrives in Titipu, where he falls for Yum-Yum, one of a trio of sisters who are schoolgirls and wards of Ko-Ko. When Katisha traces him to the town she is prevented from exposing his identity, and claiming him. She retreats to fetch the Mikado, who is already on his way, concerned at the absence of regular executions in the town.

When the Mikado arrives, he is told that an execution has been carried out. Unfortunately he discovers the supposed victim to be Nanki-Poo, and the penalties for killing a royal heir are serious. The only solution is for Ko-Ko to marry Katisha, thus leaving the way free for Nanki-Poo to come out of hiding and marry Yum-Yum.

The Cast

Go-To
 a gentleman of Titipu
Katisha
 an elderly Lady, in love with Nanki-Poo
Ko-Ko
 Lord High Executioner of Titipu
Mikado of Japan
 
Nanki-Poo
 the Mikado's son, disguised as a wandering Minstrel
Peep-Bo
 Yum-Yum's sister, also Ko-Ko's Ward
Pish-Tush
 a Noble Lord
Pitti-Sing
 Yum-Yum's sister, also Ko-Ko's Ward
Pooh-Bah
 Lord High Everything Else
Yum-Yum
 Ko-Ko's Ward

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