The Rose of Persia – Basil Hood, Arthur Sullivan (1911)


The Rose of Persia – Basil Hood, Arthur Sullivan (1911)


A scarce early edition of the vocal score to the opera, The Rose of Persia.

Title: The Rose of Persia; or the Story-Teller and The Slave.

Author: Basil Hood (lyrics), Arthur Sullivan (music)

Publisher: Chappell & Co., New York. No date, copyright date 1911.

Condition: Leatherbound. Good. Slight rubbing, slight tanning, and the edge of title page torn away, not affecting text. Facsimile of Arthur Sullivan’s signature to title page. A large but thin book. Overseas shipping will cost extra.

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About The Rose of Persia (from Wikipedia):

The Rose of Persia; or, The Story-Teller and the Slave, is a two-act comic opera, with music by Arthur Sullivan and a libretto by Basil Hood. It premiered at the Savoy Theatre on 29 November 1899, closing on 28 June 1900 after a profitable run of 211 performances. The opera then toured, had a brief run in America and played elsewhere throughout the English-speaking world.

The original cast included Savoy Theatre regulars Ellen Beach Yaw, Rosina Brandram, Emmie Owen, Louie Pounds, Isabel Jay, Walter Passmore, Henry Lytton and Robert Evett. Later, Decima Moore joined the cast as Scent-of-Lillies.

The opera was regularly revived by amateur theatre groups, particularly in Britain, through the 1950s, but it has been produced only sporadically since then. The New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players produced the opera professionally in 2007 at New York City Center.