Discover Recordings of Shows
Here are recordings you won’t find anywhere else. There are EARLY BROADWAY recordings from the pens of Victor Herbert, Jerome Kern and many others. There are STAGE SHOW recordings of comic operas and operettas, including works by Offenbach, Strauss and more, in exceptional English versions. Committed to preserving the musical legacy of lighthearted gems, the Guild has committed itself to making high quality recordings of every show it has produced. Now they can be yours.
Comic Opera Guild Recordings
ORDERING A RECORDING
C= Comic Opera Guild
OU= Orpheus in the Underworld
78= Year of recording
O= With orchestra or P= Piano
2= Number of CDs
M= Music only or C= Complete
NOTE: When there are both a "complete" and a "music only" version both catalog numbers will be listed.
EARLY BROADWAY RECORDINGS
STAGED OPERAS AND OPERETTAS
American Shows That Are Never Recorded
We are promoting comic opera as a field of interest through performance, recordings, and translations. Most of our shows are American shows from early Broadway that have never been recorded. You will find the majority of the recordings of those shows as the only ones which are under existence.
When the production is an original translation or performing version, credit for the English lyrics and dialogue is given following the composer. If the reference number is “COU78O2-M,”, then it can be understood by illustrating every character and character of it.
Note: When there is both a "complete" and a "music only" version, both catalog numbers will be listed.
The recordings listed were recorded live on stage. Most were recorded using a five microphone setup and an uncompressed format. ALL PERFORMANCES ARE IN ENGLISH. Many are available in both MUSIC ONLY and COMPLETE editions. MUSIC ONLY versions may feature soloists from two casts.
The cost of single CDs is $23. The cost of 2CD sets is $28. Typically, we ship in Jiffy envelopes unless there are 2 pounds or more of an order. One CD in a slim jewel case weighs about 2.5 ounces. One double CD weighs about 4 ounces. The bag weighs about one ounce.
For orders of up to 3 CDs, we charge a standard $5.00 shipping fee. For larger orders, and international orders, it is best to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for an estimate.
How to Order?
You can order CDs by sending the check through mail or paying using PayPal or credit card and also by other means. Detail process is illustrated.
By Mail: Download the applicable order form (stage or festival), check the recording title and number, and send a check to THE COMIC OPERA GUILD P.O. Box 1922, Ann Arbor, MI 48106, or include credit card information requested on the form.
PayPal: Simply email your order request to email@example.com and then go to PayPal.com. Go to the SEND MONEY page and deposit the amount to pay for your order in US funds to The Comic Opera Guild email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. When we receive notice of deposit, we will ship your CDs.
Credit Card: At this time, we do not have a secure format for including credit card numbers in an email. If you wish to pay by credit card, you can order by phone at 734-973-3264.
FOR INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL 734-973-3264
Credit Card: At this time, we do not have a secure format for including credit card numbers in an email. If you wish to pay by credit card, you can order by phone at (734) 973-3264.
NOTE: CD PRICES HAVE INCREASED (we held the line as long as possible)
Early Broadway Recordings
The EARLY BROADWAY shows were recorded digitally in performance with a live audience, unless noted as a studio recording. While studio recordings are typically "music only," in-performance recordings are available with dialog and narration accompanying the music, as well as "music only" versions.
Single CD versions $18. Double CD versions $23.
Price includes shipping (exception: if only ordering one title, add $5.00 shipping).
CDS will be shipped in Jiffy padded envelopes unless ordered in quantity.
FOR INTERNATIONAL ORDERS, please contact us at email@example.com for an estimate.
Special Pricing Includes Shipping for These Recordings
The single CD versions and double CD versions cost $18 and $23, respectively. These prices also include shipping charges.
It's an exceptional case when you order only one title. An additional $5.00 is added for shipping. Please request an estimate for international orders.
Stage Show Shipping
Typically, we ship in Jiffy envelopes unless there are 2 pounds or more of an order. One CD in a slim jewel case weighs about 2.5 ounces. One double CD weighs about 4 ounces. The bag weighs about one ounce.
For orders of up to 3 CDs, we charge a standard of $5.00 for shipping. Ask us for an estimate for larger international orders.
New Recordings AVAILABLE NOW!
Note: See listing in American Operettas
Note: See listing in American Operettas
Festival pricing applies to all those listed.
All these are concert performances of the score, music only with accompaniments of two pianos.
All in new English performing versions
CTM93P-1M THEATRE MUSICK OF MERRIE ENGLAND- Concert of English Theater Music- Theatrical songs and scenes from Purcell through Gilbert & Sullivan. It includes music of Morley, Purcell, Arne, Handel, Pepusch, Balfe, Sullivan and Clay.
CPP02P-1M PARIS GOES PLATINUM- Concert of French opera and operetta- Includes music of Offenbach, Bizet, Meyerbeer, Massenet, Gounod, Thomas. The two pianos are accompaniments.
DVD recordings are $30. Shipping charges are the same as for Stage Show CDs above.
CBS16O-1DVD BARBER OF SEVILLE– Rossini/Petiet Opera in 3 Acts-One of the world's most famous comic operas, in English by Thomas Petiet
CBO03O-1 DVD BEGGAR'S OPERA - Pepush/Gay Opera Pastche in 2 Acts- Performance with all the original music, orchestrated by John Dobin
CC00O-1 DVD CARMEN – Bizet Opera Comique in 4 Acts-The complete stage performance w/dialog (opera comique version) set in Puerto Rico
CCB78P-1DVD COX AND BOX – Burnand and Sullivan Operetta in One Act- The performance at the Celebration of the arts, 1978 in Detoit. WDET films it. Featuring Gersh Morningstar, Ronald Orenstein, Thomas Petiet
CER15P-1DVD ERMINIE - Jakobowski Comic Opera in 3 Acts-Professional videos of the first production of this show. It is professionally recorded.
CFT08O-1DVD THE FORTUNE TELLER- Herbert/Smith/Petiet Operetta in 3 Acts- Concert-style performances, with orchestral reconstruction by Adam Aceto and revised dialog/narration by Thomas Petiet Professionally recorded.
CGD11O-1 DVD THE GRAND DUCHESS OF GEROLSTEIN – Offenbach Operetta in Two Acts- Complete stage performance of the complete show restructured to combine the last two acts into one. Set in 1914 at the outset of World War I. Professionally recorded.
CHHTP14P DVD HER HIGHNESS THE PRINCE - Offenbach/Petiet- New operetta using the music of Offenbach is professionally recorded.
CLC13O-1DVD LIGHT CAVALRY - Von Suppe/Petiet Operetta in 2 Acts- The professional video of the first American production of this show is professionally recorded.
CLVP82O-1DVD LA VIE PARISIENNE- Offenbach/Orenstein Operetta in 3 Acts- Professional video of this complete version of the show. It is professionally recorded.
COR09P-1DVD ORANGE BLOSSOMS- Herbert Operetta in 2 Acts- The complete stage performance of the show is professionally recorded. The two pianos are accompaniments.
COU98O-1DVD ORPHEUS IN THE UNDERWORLD - Offenbach/Petiet Operetta in 2 Acts- Well-shot amateur video with a new soundtrack.
CMC03P-1 DVD THE MARRIAGE CONTRACT- Rossini Opera in 1 Act- The complete stage performance of the show is professionally recorded. The two pianos are accompaniments.
CSA10P-1 DVD SALLY- Kern Musical in 2 Acts- The complete stage performance of the show is professionally recorded. The two pianos are accompaniments.
Except for the above professional-quality videos, the quality will vary. Video technology has improved throughout the Comic Opera Guild's history. Most of the shows were videotaped for archive purposes only, beginning with Naughty Marietta in 1981. If you are interested in obtaining a video recording of a show, please contact us for availability and recording quality.
Clips from many of our shows are available for viewing on YouTube (enter "Comic Opera Guild").