02/18/09 196 W, 2 I - + 16 - 15 It Ain't Over 'Till the Fat Boy Sings

Now for some fun stuff. So you want to sing opera? Er, make that light opera. Specifically, the late 19th century operettas of W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, and the many memorable songs therein. You've heard them before, here, there, and everywhere. "Modern Major-General" from The Pirates of Penzance. "A Wandering Minstrel I" from The Mikado. "A Policeman's Lot" from The Pirates of Penzance. Etcetera. Great stuff for singing along, no matter if you're in the car, in the shower, or on stage with a glee club. (Just don't combine all three, as that's likely illegal in one or more states.) Now for the fun part. The Gilbert & Sullivan Archive, billed as the "The Premier Internet Light Opera Website," has a score (ha!) of "web operas." Such as for H.M.S. Pinafore. Click on the song number, and a page displays both lyrics and MIDI karoke files. That's right, musical accompaniment courtesy of the Internet. Go ahead, belt a tune. Costumes and curtain not included. Just duck if the fruits and vegetables start flying.

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