The New D'Oyly Carte Gondoliers (1991)

Duke of Plaza-ToroRichard Suart
LuizPhilip Creasy
Don AlhambraJohn Rath
MarcoDavid Fieldsend
GiuseppeAlan Oke
AntonioTim Morgan
FrancescoDavid Cavendish
GiorgioToby Barrett
AnnibaleGareth Vaughan
Duchess of Plaza-ToroJill Pert
CasildaElizabeth Woollett
GianettaLesley Echo Ross
TessaRegina Hanley
FiamettaYvonne Patrick
VittoriaPamela Baxter
GiuliaElizabeth Elliott
InezClaire Kelly

Chorus and Orchestra of the D'Oyly Carte Opera
Conductor: John Pryce-Jones

Koch 340 332
Koch 340 332
Sony S2K-58895
Sony S2K-58895

This Gondoliers was a recording of the infamous production Tim Hopkins directed for the New D'Oyly Carte, featuring corrugated yellow scenery and such atrocities as the Duchess of Plaza-Toro eating a live rat on stage (or at least appearing to). Mercifully, none of this is evident on the recording, except for the production photographs reproduced on the accompanying booklet. The orchestration is prepared from a critical edition by David Lloyd-Jones (who also edited the Eulenberg Edition of the score). Like all the New D'Oyly Carte recordings, the musical values here are superb.

This recording has been issued on both CD (both by Sony and TER) and cassette. The CD version on TER (but not on Sony) also includes a new recording of Sullivan's Overture di Ballo, with the traditional cuts opened for the first time on record. I am assuming this was included on the cassette issue, but this is not certain.

Issue History
1991 Sony CD S2K 58895  
TER CD CDTER2 1187 With Overture di Ballo
Cassette ZCTED 1187
1994 Koch International CD 340 332 Highlights