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Sir Arthur Sullivan (1842 - 1900)


Overture Pirates of Penzance

“Pirates” is one of the best and most popular of Gilbert and Sullivan's comic operas. It had its premiere on New Year’s Eve, December 31, 1879, in New York with Arthur Sullivan conducting – an unusual way to spend New Year’s Eve? This was for financial reasons: Sullivan was fed up with the Americans playing their shows and paying nothing in performing rights, so he decided to perform it there himself, and thus establish his own rights to the music in the USA. Soon afterwards it opened at the Opera Comique in London, and immediately became a firm favourite.

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