Alfred Cellier: Dorothy (CD)

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Victorian Opera Orchestra, Victorian Opera Chorus, Richard Bonynge

Alfred Cellier was a contemporary of Arthur Sullivan as a Chapel Royal chorister, and would later conduct several Gilbert and Sullivan productions. With its rural tale of disguise and romantic scheming, its jaunty tunes, lively characters and farcical comedy, Cellier’s light opera, Dorothy, has been almost entirely forgotten today. It had the longest run of any 19th-century piece of musical theatre, seeing off The Mikado and Ruddigore, and became such a popular hit in its day that the box office profits were able to fund the building of the Lyric Theatre on London’s Shaftsbury Avenue.

The work is receiving on this release its world premiere recording, presented by The Victorian Opera.

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Alfred Cellier: Dorothy

Edward Robinson (baritone), Sebastian Maclaine (tenor), Stephanie Maitland (mezzo-soprano), Majella Cullagh (soprano), Lucy Vallis (mezzo-soprano), Matt Mears (tenor), John Ieuan Jones (baritone), Patrick Relph (baritone), Michael Vincent Jones (tenor)

Victorian Opera Orchestra, Victorian Opera Chorus, Richard Bonynge

  1. Overture
  2. Act I: Opening Chorus: Lads and lasses round about (Tom, Phyllis, Chorus)
  3. Act I: Song and Trio: Be wise in time, Oh Phyllis (Dorothy, Lydia, Phyllis)
  4. Act I: Quartet: We're sorry to delay you (Wilder, Sherwood, Dorothy, Lydia)
  5. Act I: Song and Trio: With such a dainty dame (Wilder)
  6. Act I: Quintet: A father's pride and joy (Tuppitt, Wilder, Sherwood, Dorothy, Lydia)
  7. Act I: Song and Trio: I am the Sheriff's faithful man (Lurcher)
  8. Act I: Quartet: You swear to be good and true (Dorothy, Lydia, Wilder, Sherwood)
  9. Act I: Chorus and Solo: Under the pump (Lurcher, Chorus)
  10. Act I: Finale: Now take your seats (Principals, Chorus)
  11. Act II: Country Dance
  12. Act II: Song: Though born a man (Wilder)
  13. Act II: Entrance Music (Dorothy, Lydia)
  14. Act II: Graceful Dance
  15. Act II: Song: Contentment I give you (Bantam)
  16. Act II: Sextet and Chorus: Now let's to bed (Bantam, Lurcher, Sherwood, Dorothy, Wilder, Lydia)
  17. Act II: Quartet: One moment, pray (Wilder, Sherwood, Dorothy, Lydia)
  18. Act II: Song: Queen of my Heart (Sherwood)
  19. Act II: Trio: Are you sure? (Wilder, Sherwood, Bantam)
  20. Act II: Ensemble: What noise was that (Bantam, Wilder, Sherwood, Chorus)
  21. Act II: Finale: Hark for'ard, away! (Principals, Chorus)
  22. Act III: Ballet
  23. Act III: Dance of the Peasants
  24. Act III: Ballad: The time has come (Phyllis, Chorus)
  25. Act III: Chorus: What joy untold (Phyllis, Tom, Tuppitt, Bantam, Chorus)
  26. Act III: Finale: You swore to be good and true (Dorothy, Lydia, Full Company)