Sir WS Gilbert, Alfred Cellier, The Lyric Theater Company of Washington DC ‎– The Mountebanks

Not On Label ‎– 164022
3 × Vinyl, 12", Box Set
Vinyl, 7"



Gilbert's comic opera The Mountebanks, with music by Alfred Cellier, was first performed on 4 January 1892 at the Lyric Theatre, London, but its genesis had taken place much earlier. This was the notorious "lozenge plot" that Gilbert had tried to press on Sullivan so often, but without success. After the "carpet quarrel," Gilbert offered the libretto to other composers. The opera had a run of 229 performances, but has rarely been revived.

This Box Set is the first complete recording of The Mountebanks ever to be made. It was recorded in between performances given by The Lyric Theater Company over a two-week period during August 1964
The Box Set includes:
3 12 inch LPs and 1 single sided 7 inch
A 16 page booklet
A 5 page leaflet on the recording by musical director John Landis
Notes on the Libretto by Stage Director Harold Isen
a 55 page A4 complete libretto
a 4 page leaflet of black and white photos of the production