Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Opera Australia presents
by William S Gilbert & Arthur Sullivan
School’s out in Titipu, with three little maids on the loose. Their guardian, Ko-Ko, aka the Lord High Executioner, intends to marry one of them, but his chosen bride Yum-Yum is in love with a wandering minstrel and part-time trombonist.
Meanwhile Pish-Tush, the Lord High Everything Else, is insisting that heads must roll and, what’s more, the Emperor of Japan is on his way to Titipu.
Confused? Don’t be, because this is Gilbert and Sullivan, so a neat and happy ending is assured, along with a kiss or two, a song and dance and some wicked jokes along the way.
Gilbert and Sullivan’s wacky romp comes to the Sydney Opera House in a much-loved production, originally designed by Tim Goodchild, and polished to a high sheen by Stuart Maunder.
Following his extraordinary portrayal of the title role in The Phantom of the Opera, music theatre star Anthony Warlow is Ko-Ko. He is joined by a cast of favourites including Richard Alexander, Kanen Breen, Warwick Fyfe, Luke Gabbedy, Adele Johnston, Stephen Smith and, sharing the role of the delectable Yum-Yum, Taryn Fiebig and Lorina Gore.
Get ready for a feast of mischief and great melodies from the all-singing, all-dancing talents of Australia’s national opera company.