Auditions for The Gondoliers

November 4 & 5, 2019

Union Memorial Church, Stamford, CT


Directed by Kevin Miller

with the

American Chamber Orchestra
conducted by Christopher James Hisey.


Troupers Light Opera is pleased to announce auditions for Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers, Monday and Tuesday, November 4 and 5, 2019 at Union Memorial Church, 59 Church St in Stamford.

Auditions will be held from 7 pm to 10 pm by appointment.

Singers should prepare two songs in English, in the style of Gilbert and Sullivan. An accompanist will be provided. Please provide sheet music in the correct key.

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There will be 4 performances, two on April 18 and two on April 25, with full costumes, sets and orchestra.

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  • The Duke of Plaza-Toro, A Grandee of Spain (comic baritone, G2-E4)

  • Luiz, his Attendant (lyric baritone or tenor, E3-F4)

  • Don Alhambra del Bolero, the Grand Inquisitor (bass-baritone, G2-E4)

  • Marco Palmieri, Venetian Gondolier (tenor, G2-A4)

  • Giuseppe Palmieri, Venetian Gondolier (baritone, G2-G4)

  • * Antonio, Venetian Gondolier (baritone, D3-D4)

  • * Francesco, Venetian Gondolier (tenor, F3-G4)

  • * Giorgio, Venetian Gondolier (bass, C3-Bb3)

  • * Annibale, Venetian Gondolier (speaking role/chorus)

  • The Duchess of Plaza-Toro (contralto, G3-F5)

  • Casilda, her Daughter (soprano, C4-B5)

  • Gianetta, Contadina (soprano, Bb3-B5)

  • Tessa, Contadina (mezzo-soprano, Bb3-F5)

  • * Fiametta, Contadina (soprano, Eb4-Bb5)

  • * Vittoria, Contadina (mezzo-soprano, B3-E5)

  • * Giulia, Contadina (mezzo-soprano or soprano, Db4-F5)

  • Inez, the King’s Foster-mother (contralto, C4-Db5)

    * Chorus of Contadine and Gondoliers

Sources of scores

Schirmer edition

Errors in the Schirmer edition

G&S archive edition

The story of The Gondoliers

Marco and Guiseppe are two handsome brothers who are young Gondoliers in Venice, much loved by the women (the Contadina).

Since all the Contadina want to marry them, they decide to have a random choice blind man’s buff game and catch Gianetta and Tessa (by peeking). They are very quicly married.

The Duke and Duchess arrive with their daughter Casilda, telling Casilda that she was married as a baby to the forthcoming King of Barataria, who is either Marco or Giuseppe. Casilda is actually in love with Luiz who is their attendant.

Don Alhambra arrives to tell the brothers that one of them is an unintentional bigamist, because one of them was adopted and is actually to be crowned the next King of Barataria. Since no one knows which it is, the brothers set out to Barataria to rule jointly until their old nurse can be found to say which is which.

In Act 2, they much miss their wives and remodel the court by republican principles, where everyone is more or less equal.

Their wives arrive and they celebrate by dancing the lively Cachucha.

When Inez, their old nursemaid arrives, she reveals that she switched the babies and that the king is actually Luiz, and all ends happily.