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TTU School of Music Fall Opera: Gilbert & Sullivan's "The Mikado"

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Texas Tech University Student Union Building - Allen Theatre

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Lubbock, Tx 79409

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Students in the Texas Tech University School of Music's Opera Theatre program and Symphony Orchestra present Gilbert & Sullivan's timeless comic opera The Mikado. TTU Opera Theatre director Gerald Dolter is the stage director for this production, and musical direction will be provided by Dr. Daniel Kleinknecht of Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre.

From the classic theatrical duo that created The Pirates of Penzance and H.M.S. Pinafore, W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan produced in 1885 what would become the most successful of the so-called "Savoy Operas" that ran at the Savoy Theatre in London. The Theatre itself was built by Richard D'Oyly Carte exclusively for the promotion and presentation of Gilbert and Sullivan's productions, and The Mikado has since taken on an enduring role as one of the most widely-programmed musical theatre works of all time.

When trade relations with Japan had just been opened in England and Japanese art styles and goods became fashionable in the high streets of London, Gilbert and Sullivan seized the moment and set The Mikado in a fanciful feudal Japan in order to veil their satirization of contemporary British politics. The tactic was especially successful since all of the titular roles and institutions – even "the Mikado" himself – disguised the otherwise excoriating jokes. According to Gilbert, "The Mikado of the opera was an imaginary monarch of a remote period and cannot by any exercise of ingenuity be taken to be a slap on an existing institution."

The plot begins in chaotic hijinks, as Nanki-Poo has fled from the court of his father, the Mikado of Japan, to escape marriage with an elderly lady, named Katisha. Assuming the disguise of a musician, he then falls in love with a fair maiden, Yum-Yum; but he has been prevented from marrying her by her guardian, Ko-Ko, who wishes to marry her himself. Ko-Ko, however, has been condemned to death for flirting (part of the illogical plot devices that Gilbert and Sullivan were so fond of deploying). When the curtain rises on the first act, Nanki-Poo is hastening to the court of Ko-Ko in Titipu to find out whether Yum-Yum is now free to marry him.

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