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,
with Troupers musical director Eric Kramer.


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, one each on April 18 & 19 and  on April 25 & 26, with full costumes, sets and orchestra.

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Leading Roles:
Casilda, daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Plaza-Toro (soprano, C4 to B5)
Gianetta, Contadina (soprano, B 3 to B 5)
Tessa, Contadina (mezzo, B 3 to F5)
The Duchess of Plaza-Toro (contralto, G 3 to F 5)
Supporting Roles:
Fiametta, Contadina (soprano, E 4 to B 5)
Vittoria, Contadina (mezzo, B3 to E5)
Giulia, Contadina (mezzo to soprano or soprano, D 4 to F 5)
Inez, the King’s Foster to mother (contralto, C 4 to D 5)
Chorus of Contadine
Leading Roles:
Luiz, his Attendant (lyric baritone or tenor, E 3 to F 4)
Marco Palmieri, Venetian Gondolier (tenor, G 2 to A 4)
Giuseppe Palmieri, Venetian Gondolier (baritone, G 2 to G 4)
The Duke of Plaza-Toro (comic baritone/patter role, G 2 to E 4)
Don Alhambra del Bolero, the Grand Inquisitor (bass to baritone, G 2 to E 4)
Supporting Roles:
Antonio, Venetian Gondolier (baritone, D 3 to D 4)
Francesco, Venetian Gondolier (tenor, F 3 to G 4)
Giorgio, Venetian Gondolier (bass, C 3 to B 3)
Annibale, Venetian Gondolier (speaking role/chorus)

Chorus of Gondolieri


    Sources of scores

     Schirmer edition

     Errors in the Schirmer edition


    G&S archive edition

     Scanned pdf of vocal score

    Complete libretto



    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.