Ruddigore, or The Witch’s Curse


Writers: W.S. Gilbert Arthur Sullivan



Act I

  • 1. "Fair is Rose" (Chorus of Bridesmaids)
  • 2. "Sir Rupert Murgatroyd" (Hannah and Chorus)
  • 3. "If somebody there chanced to be" (Rose)
  • 4. "I know a youth" (Rose and Robin)
  • 5. "From the briny sea" (Chorus of Bridesmaids)
  • 6. "I shipp'd, d'ye see, in a revenue sloop" (Richard and Chorus)
  • 6a. Hornpipe
  • 7. "My boy, you may take it from me" (Robin and Richard)
  • 8. "The battle's roar is over" (Rose and Richard)
  • 9. "If well his suit has sped" (Chorus of Bridesmaids)
  • 10. "In sailing o'er life's ocean wide" (Rose, Richard, and Robin)
  • 11. "Cheerily carols the lark" (Margaret)
  • 12. "Welcome, gentry" (Double Chorus)
  • 13. "Oh, why am I moody and sad?" (Sir Despard and Chorus)
  • 14. "You understand? I think I do" (Richard and Sir Despard)
    1. Finale Act I:
    2. "Hail the bride of seventeen summers" (Ensemble)
    3. Madrigal, "When the buds are blossoming" (Ensemble)
    4. "When I'm a bad Bart, I will tell taradiddles!" (Robin and Chorus)
    5. "Oh, happy the lily" (Ensemble)

Act II

  • 16. "I once was as meek" (Sir Ruthven and Adam)
  • 17. "Happily coupled are we" (Rose and Richard)
  • 18. "In bygone days" (Rose with Chorus of Bridesmaids)
  • 19. "Painted emblems of a race" (Sir Ruthven, Sir Roderic, and Chorus of Ancestors)
  • 20. "When the night wind howls" (Sir Roderic and Chorus)
  • 21. "He yields, he yields" (Chorus)
  • 22. "For thirty-five years I've been sober and wary" (Robin)
  • 23. "I once was a very abandoned person" (Margaret and Despard)
  • 24. "My eyes are fully open" (Margaret, Sir Ruthven, and Despard)
  • 25. "Melodrame"
  • 26. "There grew a little flower" (Hannah with Sir Roderic)
  • 27. Finale Act II: "When a man has been a naughty baronet" (Ensemble)

A song with an asterisk (*) before the title indicates a dance number; a character listed in a song with an asterisk (*) by the character's name indicates that the character exclusively serves as a dancer in this song, which is sung by other characters.

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