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Gilbert & Sullivan: H.M.S. Pinafore / Gilbert, Ohio Light Opera

Gilbert / Cast Chorus & Orch Of Ohio Light Opera
Release Date: 12/10/2013 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 1459   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Ted ChristopherAlexa DevlinStephen FaulkNatalie Ballenger,   ... 
Conductor:  J. Lynn Thompson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ohio Light Opera ChorusOhio Light Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This recording of the hilarious Gilbert & Sullivan 1878 comic opera was made at the 2013 Ohio Light Opera Festival and includes complete music and dialog. H.M.S. Pinafore has been the most frequently performed work at the Ohio Light Opera and an audience favorite on both sides of the Atlantic since its initial run. - Albany Music

Historic preservation is also a big part of Ohio Light Opera's mission. The combination of Gilbert's whimsical text and Sullivan's music creates a window for modern audiences to see into the political and social culture of the Victorian era. Class conflict was another popular theme of G&S, according to Daigle. "The intrigue between the sailors is the real attraction
Read more to this piece," he said. Silliness abounds as Porter, the arrogant and grossly under-qualified head of the British Navy, sings about the equality of all men, saying, "A British sailor is any man's equal � excepting mine." The sailors onboard the "Pinafore" take his claims seriously, the result of which shocks the refined Porter.

Although never successfully brought to the silver screen, "Pinafore's" memorable songs, such as "When I Was a Lad," "A British Tar," and "For he is an Englishman" have been parodied by hit television shows like "The Simpsons" and "The Family Guy." - Laura McHugh, Ohio Light Opera

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Works on This Recording

HMS Pinafore by Arthur Sullivan
Performer:  Ted Christopher (Baritone), Alexa Devlin (Voice), Stephen Faulk (Tenor),
Natalie Ballenger (Soprano), Stefan Gordon (Voice), Edward Hanlon (Voice),
Ezra Bershatsky (Voice)
Conductor:  J. Lynn Thompson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ohio Light Opera Chorus,  Ohio Light Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; England 

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