The 1966 D'Oyly Carte Sorcerer

Sir MarmadukeDonald Adams
AlexisDavid Palmer
Dr. DalyAlan Styler
NotaryStanley Riley
John Wellington WellsJohn Reed
Lady SangazureChristene Palmer
AlineValerie Masterson
Mrs. PartletJean Allister
ConstanceAnn Hood

D'Oyly Carte Opera Chorus
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Isidore Godfrey

Recorded at Decca Studios, West Hampstead
14–19 February 1966

Decca SKL-4826
Decca SKL-4826
London OSA-1264
London OSA-1264

Like the 1953 recording, this set was made at a time when The Sorcerer was not in the D'Oyly Carte repertory. Performances of the opera had become ever more infrequent in the 1930s, and when the sets were destroyed in a WWII bombing raid, the Company simply didn't bother to replace them.

According to the May 1966 edition The Savoyard (Vol. 5, No. 1, p. 4) the Company were originally planning to record The Mikado under Sir Malcolm Sargent, but Sargent fell ill, so the scheduled time was used to make this recording. The cast give a strong account of the opera despite having no stage experience in their roles, though perhaps the performance would have been even stronger five years later, when the opera finally did return to the repertory.

To date, this is the only stereo recording of the opera. It is musically complete, except for the repeat of "I do confess an anxious care," in Act II. It has been re-issued on CD coupled with D'Oyly Carte's 1978 recording of The Zoo.

Decca 473 659-2
Decca 473 659-2
Issue History
1966 Decca Mono LP LK 4825-6  
Stereo LP SKL 4825-6
London Mono LP A 4264
Stereo LP OSA 1264
ca. 1977 World Record Club Stereo LP R 00631-2
ca. 1980 World Record Club Stereo LP S/4906-7
1984 Decca Stereo LP 414 344-1 Digitally remastered
Cassette 414 344-4
1993 London/Decca CD 436 807-2with 1978 The Zoo
2003 Decca CD 473 659-2
2003 Decca CD 473 631-2 24-CD set including the complete Decca G&S series on CD (13 G&S operas, plus Cox and Box and The Zoo).