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Like so many of Sullivan's alto bags, Katisha seems doomed to await only her demise, when it appears that Graeme Ewer as Ko-Ko, the Lord High Executioner, can share a taste for 'the falling of a flight of thunderbolts' and agrees that she is sufficiently decayed for marriage. In Yum-Yum the Mikado now has a different daughter-in-law and heads have been lost only figuratively. Chorus and orchestra under Andrew Greene rollick their way through Sullivan's enchanting score, and once again Gilbert's humour, with dashes of contemporary patter, proves the indestructability of the best Savoy operas even if the classic 'business' is long forgotten.

Katisha (Heather Begg, left) and Ko-Ko (Graeme Ewer) at the end of Act II. DVD screenshot © 1987 The Australian Opera
Katisha (Heather Begg, left) and Ko-Ko (Graeme Ewer) at the end of Act II. DVD screenshot © 1987 The Australian Opera

 

Copyright © 1 April 2007 Robert Anderson, London UK

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Gilbert & Sullivan: The Mikado

OA F4001 D DVD NTSC 4:3 Region 0 (worldwide) Stereo FIRST RELEASE 151' 1987 The Australian Opera, 2006 Opus Arte

Anne-Marie McDonald, Yum-Yum; Peter Cousens, Nanki-Poo; Heather Begg, Katisha; Graeme Ewer, Ko-Ko; Gregory Yurisich, Pooh-Bah; Robert Eddie, The Mikado; Jennifer Bermingham, Pitti-Sing; Opera Australia; The Australian Opera Chorus; The Elizabethan Sydney Orchestra; Andrew Greene, conductor; Christopher Renshaw, director

W S Gilbert (1836-1911) and Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900): The Mikado, or The Town of Titipu (comic opera in two acts, 1885)

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