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Gilbert and Sullivan Society · Exeter · Devon
Written by W S Gilbert
Composed by Frederic Clay
We are indebted to research by J Donald Smith for much performance data regarding the professional and amateur performance history of Princess Toto.
His research has brought to light details of many productions that might otherwise have remained undiscovered.
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1876 — Kate Santley’s Company, Nottingham (then on tour) — Professional
1876 — Kate Santley’s Company, London — Professional
1879 — Standard Theatre, New York (then on tour) — Professional
1881 — John Hollingshead & R Barker, London (revised version) — Professional
1884 — Chicago Museum and Theatre Company — Professional
1886 — H B Mann’s Comic Opera Co. (Philadelphia & Boston) — Professional
1886 — Robert Brough Production, Melbourne — Professional
1889 — Tivoli Opera Troupe, San Francisco — Professional
1891 — Lamont Opera Company, Washington — Professional
1891 — Tavistock Primrose League
1891 — Wilbur Opera Company, St Paul, Minnesota — Professional
1891 — Wilbur Opera Company, Winnipeg — Professional
1891 — Wilbur Opera Company, Indianapolis — Professional
1891 — Wilbur Opera Company, Louisville — Professional
1891 — Wilbur Opera Company, Duluth, Minnesota — Professional
1892 — Gaiety Opera Company, Philadelphia — Professional
1892 — George A Baker Opera Company, Halifax, Nova Scotia — Professional
1892 — Wilbur Opera Company, Indianapolis — Professional
1892 — Wilbur Opera Company, Rochester, New York — Professional
1892 — Yonkers Amateur Singers, Yonkers, New York
1893 — Amateur Opera Association of Brooklyn, New York
1893 — Gaiety Opera Company, Cincinnati — Professional
1893 — Gaiety Opera Company, Philadelphia — Professional
1893 — George A Baker Opera Company, Lowell, Massachusetts — Professional
1896 — Winnipeg Operatic Society
1935 — Barry Jackson’s Repertory Company, Birmingham — Professional
1997 — Royal Victorian Opera Company, Massachusetts — Staged
reduced version with piano
1998 — Blue Hill Troupe
2009 — Gilbert and Sullivan Society, London
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A scan of the vocal score of Princess Toto is now available courtesy of the Gilbert and Sullivan Archive.
Band Parts for Princess Toto
These hand written band parts originate from the 1880’s when the Williamson Company toured a production in Australia. This is apparently the only set of parts to have survived as performance material in the hands of the music publisher Metzler (subsequently J B Cramer) was destroyed during the blitz.
These band parts are from the Williamson Collection held by the National Library of Australia.Their use for performance must therefore be
credited to that body.
The orchestration for Princess Toto comprises of Flute,
Clarinet 1 & 2, Oboe, Bassoon, Horn 1 & 2, Cornet 1 & 2, Trombone, Percussion (Timpani, Side Drum, Triangle, Bells & Cymbals) and Strings. The set also includes a part for Violin répétiteur.