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In the Japanese town of Titipu, a wandering minstrel, Nanki-Poo, is searching for Yum-Yum, one of the "Three little maids from school" with whom he has fallen in love. But Yum-Yum is betrothed to Ko-Ko, the Lord High Executioner. Ko-Ko is under pressure from the absent Mikado to perform an execution and persuades the suicidal Nanki-Poo to be his victim. The fact that Nanki-Poo is in fact the heir to the throne of Japan creates an awkward situation when the Mikado arrives in person.
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This video is part of a series produced originally for BBC.TV. With a production budget of $1,000,000 per opera, a special film set was created for each, and top stars from the world of opera and comedy were recruited for the leading roles. Here, William Conrad (detective Cannon) is a remarkably convincing Mikado, Kate Flowers is Yum-Yum, and Clive Revill is the Lord High Executioner. The London Symphony Orchestra and the world-acclaimed Ambrosian Opera Chorus perform Sullivan's music with exuberance and precision. A brief introduction by Douglas Fairbanks Jr explains the origins and context of the opera. New digital remastering has produced both picture and (hi-fi stereo) sound of exceptional quality.
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