Gilbert & Sullivan 1 - Answers

Published: Tuesday 7th June 2011
  1. Which opera features the song, "I am the very model of the modern Major-General"? The Pirates of Penzance.
  2. Which one of Gilbert and Sullivan wrote the lyrics? W.S.Gilbert.
  3. What was the first work Gilbert and Sullivan collaborated on? Thespis in 1871.
  4. What was the name of the villain who tried to prevent the wedding of Ralph and Josephine in "HMS Pinafore"? Dick Deadeye.
  5. What was the name of the theatre where most of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas were staged? The Savoy.
  6. What was the name of the leading female character in "The Mikado"? Yum-Yum.
  7. What were Gilbert's (of Gilbert and Sullivan) TWO forenames? William Schwenck.
  8. How many operas did the Gilbert and Sullivan compose together? Fourteen.
  9. What is the alternative title for "The Mikado"? The Town of Titipu.
  10. Which Gilbert and Sullivan work was set in the Tower of London? The Yeoman of the Guard.
  11. Who was Gilbert and Sullivan's manager who also produced many of their works? Richard D'Oyly Carte.
  12. Which opera features the King of Barataria? The Gondoliers.
  13. On which date was Frederic's birthday in "The Pirates of Penzance"? February 29th.
  14. What was Sullivan's (of Gilbert and Sullivan) first name? Arthur.
  15. Which opera is based on a narrative poem by Tennyson? Princess Ida [The poem is called "The Princess"].
  16. Which one of the Gilbert and Sullivan operas is classed as a "fairy opera"? Iolanthe.
  17. Which work became in 1881 the first theatrical production to be lit entirely by electric light? Patience.
  18. Which opera features the song, "Three Little Maids from School"? The Mikado.
  19. Which item of furnishing caused Gilbert and Sullivan to separate in 1890? A carpet.
  20. What in 1896 became Gilbert and Sullivan's last collaborative work? The Grand Duke.

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