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Princess Tara Markov "Terra". She is the princess of Markovia and the half-sister of Prince Brion Markov. Princess Leona. Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai. The princess of Papnica who trains to be a sage and is well-versed in the magic arts.
Based on the Dragon Quest video game franchise. Princess Hephylia of Brandelune who is looked after by governess Naomi; only child to the King. Series published by Delcourt Like their brothers, the series referred to these young women being held the title of "prince", rather than "princess". The Legendaries. She is a princess who is the magician and member of the team of the Legendaries, representing the virtue of Intelligence; the daughter of King Kinder and Queen Adeyrid of Orchidia.
Princess of the Valley of the Wind. Nefeltari Vivi. She was one of the main antagonists of the Reverse Mountain Arc under the Baroque Works codename Miss Wednesday, but she ended up traveling with the Straw Hat Pirates for most of the Alabasta Saga after revealing herself to be a spy plotting against Baroque Works. She has not been featured in the main story since the Straw Hats left Alabasta but has occasionally been shown to be keeping track of their progress.
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She is the princess of Egypt and the daughter of the Pharaoh. Different versions of the pantomime story have been performed for over years. The "Aladdin" story was also adapted into other theatrical productions. The Balkan Princess. The Circus Princess. The Enchantress. Princess Yevpraksiya Romanovna. The Grand Duke. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. King's Rhapsody. Adapted from the Scottish fairy tale by George MacDonald. A musical based on the novel of the same name.
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The play by Edward Rosebased on Anthony Hope 's novel of the same name. Ruslan and Lyudmila. The Sleeping Beauty. The ballet composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky based on Charles Perrault 's fairy tale of the same name.
A chamber opera in six scenes based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale of the same name ; prologue by Matthew Kinglibretto by Andrew McKinnon. The Student Prince. The daughter of Grand Duchess Anastasia.
The operetta in four acts composed by Sigmund Romberg. The Swan. The princess who has been turned into a swan by the curse of an evil sorcerer. The Triumph of Love. She is the former princess of Sparta who disguises herself as a man under the name Phocion after learning that her lover, Agis, is the rightful heir to the Spartan throne. A number of Disney Princesses have gotten their own musicals. The 7th Voyage of Sinbad.
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Based on the musical of the same name by Eric Maschwitz. Portrayed by Zeffie Tilbury. The daughter of King Kandor. Portrayed by Irina Grigoryeva. French film adaptation of the fairy-tale of the same nameknown in English as Beauty and the Beast.
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Many references, from the subtle to the prominent, Son And Daughter - Queen - Hail To Majesty (CD) made throughout the film to past and future Disney films ; and a number of actresses who have played Disney characters in the past make cameo appearances in the film, including Paige O'Hara BelleBeauty and the BeastJodi Benson ArielThe Little Mermaidand Judy Kuhn PocahontasPocahontas.
Based on the novel of the same name by Christopher Paolini ; portrayed by Sienna Guillory. Arya also appeared in the video game adaptation. She is the daughter of King Arnulf. Portrayed by Imogen Stubbs. Ever After: A Cinderella Story. She becomes the wife of Prince Henry. Portrayed by Drew Barrymore. Fire and Ice: The Dragon Chronicles. The princess of Carpia and the daughter of King Augustin. Portrayed by Amy Acker. Gulliver's Travels. Portrayed by Emily Blunt. Hercules and the Princess of Troy.
The princess of Troy, portrayed by Diana Hyland. Portrayed by Kitty Carlisle. The Hidden Fortress. Portrayed by Misa Uehara. His Majesty, the Scarecrow of Oz. The daughter of King Krewl of the Land of Oz. Portrayed by Vivian Reed. The Hot Chick. Portrayed by Shazia Ali, Nawa was an Abyssinian princess who used her magical earrings to switch bodies with a slave girl to escape from an arranged marriage in 50 BC. These earrings are later used by both a modern teenage girl, Jessica, and a criminal, Clive, as they accidentally switch their own bodies as well.
Into the Woods. She is loosely based on the protagonist from the fairy tale of the same name. Portrayed by Anna Kendrick. Portrayed by MacKenzie Mauzy. The daughter of the Manchu noble. Java Headsilent film version starring Leatrice Joy. A Rajput princess portrayed by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Princess of Helium. Portrayed by Lynn Collins. King Kelly of the U.
The princess of the European kingdom of Belgardia and the daughter of King Maxmilian. Portrayed by Irene Ware. Princess Cristiane of Norseland. Based on the stage musical of the same name by Ivor Novello ; portrayed by Patrice Wymore. Portrayed by Lisette Anthony Lindsay Crousedub. Multiple film adaptations of Frances Hodgson Burnett 's novel have been made. The Lone Wolf in Paris. Long Live the King. Based on the novel of the same name by Mary Roberts Rinehart.
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Each work runs to less than one hour. At the time, Dido and Aeneas never found its way to the theatre, though it appears to have been very popular in private circles. It is believed to have been extensively copied, but only one song was printed by Purcell's widow in Orpheus Britannicusand the complete work remained in manuscript until when it was printed by the Musical Antiquarian Society under the editorship of Sir George Macfarren.
It was his only opportunity to compose a work in which the music carried the entire drama. Soon after Purcell's marriage, inon the death of Edward Lowe, he was appointed organist of the Chapel Royal, an office which he was able to hold simultaneously with his position at Westminster Abbey. Inhe resumed his connection with the theatre by furnishing the music for John Dryden 's tragedy Tyrannick Love. In this year, Purcell also composed a march and passepied called Quick-stepwhich became so popular that Lord Wharton adapted the latter to the fatal verses of Lillibullero ; and in or before JanuaryPurcell composed his anthem Blessed are they that fear the Lord by the express command of the King.
Inhe composed the music for Betterton 's adaptation of Fletcher and Massinger 's Prophetess afterwards called Dioclesian and Dryden's Amphitryon. Inhe wrote the music for what is sometimes considered his dramatic masterpiece, King Arthuror The British Worthy. The related songs are sung "for" them by singers, who have minor dramatic roles. This work was annually performed at St Paul's Cathedral untilafter which it was performed alternately with Handel 's Utrecht Te Deum and Jubilate until when both works were replaced by Handel's Dettingen Te Deum.
Purcell also composed for five other plays within the same year. The ode is titled Who can from joy refrain? Purcell died in at his home in Marsham Street, [n 2] at the height of his career.
He is believed to have been 35 or 36 years old at the time. The cause of his death is unclear: one theory is that he caught a chill after returning home late from the theatre one night to find that his wife had locked him out.
Another is that he succumbed to tuberculosis. In the name of God Amen. I, Henry Purcell, of the City of Westminster, gentleman, being dangerously ill as to the constitution of my body, but in good and perfect mind and memory thanks be to God do by these presents publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament.
And I do hereby give and bequeath unto my loving wife, Frances Purcell, all my estate both real and personal of what nature and kind soever Purcell is buried adjacent to the organ in Westminster Abbey. The music that he had earlier composed for Queen Mary's funeral was performed during his funeral as well. Purcell was universally mourned as "a very great master of music. Purcell fathered six children by his wife Frances, four of whom died in infancy.
His wife, as well as his son Edward — and daughter Frances, survived him. Edward was appointed organist of St Clement's, EastcheapLondon, in and was succeeded by his son Edward Henry Purcell died Both men were buried in St Clement's near the organ gallery.
Purcell worked in many genres, both in works closely linked to the court, such as symphony song, to the Chapel Royal, such as the symphony anthem, and the theatre. After his death, Purcell was honoured by many of his contemporaries, including his old friend John Blowwho wrote An Ode, on the Death of Mr. Henry Purcell Mark how the lark and linnet sing with text by his old collaborator, John Dryden. William Croft 's setting for the Burial Service was written in the style of "the great Master".
Croft preserved Purcell's setting of "Thou knowest Lord" Z 58 in his service, for reasons "obvious to any artist"; it has been sung at every British state funeral ever since. Purcell also had a strong influence on the composers of the English musical renaissance of the early 20th century, most notably Benjamin Brittenwho arranged many of Purcell's vocal works for voice s and piano in Britten's Purcell Realizationsincluding from Dido and Aeneasand whose The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra is based on a theme from Purcell's Abdelazar.
In Victoria Street, Westminster, England, there is a bronze monument to Purcell, sculpted by Glynn Williams and unveiled in to mark the three hundredth anniversary of his death. Purcell's works have been catalogued by Franklin Zimmermanwho gave them a number preceded by Z. A Purcell Club was founded in London in for promoting the performance of his music but was dissolved in In a Purcell Society was founded, which published new editions of his works.
Today there is a Henry Purcell Society of Boston, which performs his music in live concert and currently is online streaming concerts, in response to the pandemic. However, they think nothing of enslaving and slaughtering countless other Hebrew babies since they don't know any them. When Moses learns the truth, they try to convince him it doesn't matter since "they were only slaves.
Zebras did live in Egypt during the last Ice Age, but as the Sahara dried out, they went regionally extinct, and wouldn't be seen in Egypt again until after it had become part of the Roman Empire over 1, years after Ramses II died.
Ancient Egypt : The basic setting and circumstance. The film features references to the Egyptian pantheon and culture, and illustrates several of its buildings and landmarks. Angelic Abomination : The Angel of Death, in keeping with how biblical angels are depicted.
It's an entity of pure, cold, intense white light. Angry, Angry Hippos : After nearly getting eaten by a crocodile, baby Moses' basket is then picked up and bumped along by a chain of hippos, who nearly kill him. Animated Musical : The film won an Oscar for its songs. Animation Bump : In a remarkable subversion of the typical outcome for animated films of its era, the scenes which use CGI for the backgrounds, which manage to deftly integrate the film's relatively angular 2D character designs with the blockier, more geometric aesthetic indigenous to CGI of the period, thus augmenting the enormity and bombast of the film's environments and human scale as opposed to breaking the immersion of its visual aesthetic.
Antagonist in Mourning : Inverted. Moses, the protagonist, breaks down in tears after the final plague. He is crying not only for the loss of his nephew, and by extension all the first born of Egypt, but the loss of his relationship with Rameses. Anti-Villain : Rameses, to the point where the creators had to rewrite some scenes between him and Moses because he came off as too sympathetic and Moses as too cruel.
He is forcing the Hebrews to work as slaves and refuses to let them go, just cracking down harder on them when Moses returns and demands their freedom.
However, we are shown that he has been raised on the beliefs of his father, that a single weak king could cause the collapse of a long and proud dynasty, and Rameses refuses to let that be him. Arc Words : "All I ever wanted. But as he learns who he is, Moses wistfully reflects that this isn't really what he wants.
Also, Moses' inner thoughts during the Plagues are that "even now, I wish that God had chose another", since he still feels affection for Ramses. Ramses insists that he will not be the "weak link", and he digs in his heels while letting his pride and vengeance consume him out of a misguided desire to not look weak. This is one possibility, but not one considered very likely by most scholars, mostly because Egypt thrived under Ramses II and Canaan was part of the Egyptian Empire during his time.
Most scholars today do not even think the Exodus story really happened, or at least not in anything like the manner described in the Bible. In fact, the term "Pharaoh" wasn't even used until after Ramses died, so clearly it was written down later.
Ramses is portrayed as having been a small child when his father Seti I ordered the execution of the firstborn Hebrew children. Historically, Ramses was thirteen when Seti became Pharaoh; he would have been a small child during the reign of Horemheb — BCEhis grandfather's predecessor. Similar to the above, Ramses' firstborn son, Amun-her-khepeshef, is portrayed as having been a child when he died.
Ramses' thirteenth son and ultimate successor, Merneptah, was nineteen when Amun-her-khepeshef died. The term "Pharaoh" was not used contemporaneously for a ruler until the reign of his thirteenth son and immediate successor Merenptah BCE.
Of course, that one may be chalked up to Translation Convention. We have a three-fer in Moses and Ramses being shown knocking off the nose of The Sphinx note It's actually a colossus of Seti while it's still under construction. First, the ancient monuments for which Egypt is so famous were built by paid laborers, not slaves.
Second, the Sphinx itself was already ancient by the time of Ramses or the Hebrew Slaves, at least by this film's time placement of them. Third, the nose of the structure would not come off until several thousands of years after the events of this film a 14th century Muslim fanatic is thought to be responsible.
And Son And Daughter - Queen - Hail To Majesty (CD), the Sphinx is located on the Giza Plateau; the temple complex through which Moses and Ramses race is, by appearances, located in Memphis the legislative capital of Egypt during the 19th dynastyabout 10 miles away.
Some changes are made from the original Exodus story for the sake of drama. In the original story, Moses was discovered by Pharaoh's daughter, not his wife, and was nursed by his own mother.
He would have been considered nobility as he was raised in Pharaoh's court, but was not a prince. The piano score sold 10, copies,  and Carte soon sent two additional companies out to tour in the provinces. Carte, Gilbert and Sullivan now had the financial resources to produce shows themselves, without outside backers. Carte persuaded the author and composer that a business partnership among the three would be to their advantage, and they hatched a plan to separate themselves from the directors of the Comedy Opera Company.
The contract between Gilbert and Sullivan and the Comedy Opera Company gave the latter the right to present Pinafore for the duration of the initial run. The Opera Comique was obliged to close for drain and sewer repairs, and it was renovated by E. Bradwell, from Christmas to the end of January Carte put the matter beyond doubt by taking a six-month personal lease of the theatre beginning on 1 Februarythe date of its re-opening, when Pinafore resumed.
At the end of the six months, Carte planned to give notice to the Comedy Opera Company that its rights in the show and the theatre had ended.
Meanwhile, numerous versions of Pinaforeunauthorised by its creators, began playing in America with great success, beginning with a production in Boston that opened on 25 November In FebruaryPinafore resumed operations at the Opera Comique. Penley in the role. Hoping to join in on the profits to be made in America from PinaforeCarte left in June for New York to make arrangements for an "authentic" production there to be rehearsed personally by the author and composer.
He arranged to rent a theatre and auditioned chorus members for the American production of Pinafore and a new Gilbert and Sullivan opera to be premiered in New York, and for tours. Sullivan, as had been arranged with Carte and Gilbert, gave notice to the partners of the Comedy Opera Company in early July that he, Gilbert and Carte would not be renewing the contract to produce Pinafore with them and that he would be withdrawing his music from the Comedy Opera Company on 31 July.
They offered the London and touring casts of Pinafore more money to play in their production, and although some choristers accepted their offer, only one principal player, Aeneas Joseph Dymott, accepted. On 31 July, they sent a group of thugs to seize the scenery and props during Act II of the evening performance at the Opera Comique.
The cast went on with the show until someone shouted "Fire! The police arrived to restore order, and the show continued.
Pauline Rita was one of a series of Josephines. After his return to London, Carte formed a new partnership with Gilbert and Sullivan to divide profits equally after the expenses of each of their shows. On 20 FebruaryPinafore completed its initial run of performances. Approximately unauthorised productions of Pinafore sprang up in the United States in andand none of these paid royalties to the authors. Gilbert and Sullivan called them "pirated", although the creators did not have any international copyright protection.
Boston alone saw at least a dozen productions, including a juvenile version described by Louisa May Alcott in her story, "Jimmy's Cruise in the Pinafore". These unauthorised performances took many forms, including burlesquesproductions with men playing women's roles and vice versa, spoofs, variety acts, Minstrel show versions,  all-black and Catholic productions, German, Yiddish and other foreign-language versions,  performances on boats or by church choirs,  and productions starring casts of children.
They made a special effort to claim American rights for their next work after PinaforeThe Pirates of Penzanceby giving the official premiere in New York. Gilbert, Sullivan and Carte met by 24 April to make plans for a production of Pinafore in America. Ford [n 7] to present, at the Fifth Avenue Theatrethe first authorised American production of Pinafore. Pinafore opened in New York on 1 December with Gilbert onstage in the chorus and ran for the rest of December. The unauthorised juvenile productions of Pinafore were so popular that Carte mounted his own children's version, played at matinees at the Opera Comique beginning on 16 December Carte's children's production earned enthusiastic reviews from the critic Clement Scott  and the other London critics, as well as the audiences, including children.
He said, Damn me! How Mr. Gilbert could have stooped to write, or Sir Arthur Sullivan could have prostituted his noble art to set to music, such vile trash, it passes my skill to understand". After the opera became successful in London, Richard D'Oyly Carte quickly sent touring companies into the British provinces. At least one D'Oyly Carte company, and sometimes as many as three, played Pinafore under Carte's aegis every year between andincluding its first London revival in The opera was then given a rest, returning to the touring repertory between and and again for most of the time between and It continued to hew closely to Gilbert's directions throughout that period, as recorded in Gilbert's prompt books, and it also required its licensees to follow them closely.
Untilrevivals of the opera were given in contemporary dress, with ladies' costumes executed by couture houses such as Redfern. The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company did not allow any other professional company to present the Savoy operas in Britain until the copyrights expired at the end ofalthough it licensed many amateur and school societies to do so, beginning in the 19th century. The extraordinary initial success of Pinafore in America was seen first-hand by J. Thereafter, his opera company played frequent seasons of the work and the subsequent Savoy operas until at least The following table shows the history of the D'Oyly Carte productions excluding tours in Gilbert's lifetime:.
The early reviews were mostly favourable. Seldom indeed have we been in the company of a more joyous audience. The expectation was fulfilled completely. Those who believed in the power of Mr Gilbert to tickle the fancy with quaint suggestions and unexpected forms of humour were more than satisfied, and those who appreciate Mr Arthur Sullivan's inexhaustible gift of melody were equally gratified; while that large class of playgoers who are pleased with brilliant dresses and charming stage effects declared themselves delighted.
The result, therefore, was "a hit, a palpable hit" Rutland Barrington [the captain], and almost prevented his singing. The Era also lavishly praised Emma Howson as Josephine. To hear so-called grand opera imitated through the medium of the most trifling lyrics, is funny". It opined, further, that "He Is an Englishman" is "an excellent satire on the proposition that a man must necessarily be virtuous to be English".
It found the piece, as a whole, well presented and predicted that it would have a long run. Similarly, The Illustrated London News concluded that the production was a success and that the plot, though slight, served as a good vehicle for Gilbert's "caustic humour and quaint satire". It found that there was "much to call forth hearty laughter in the occasional satirical hits.
Sullivan's music is as lively as the text to which it is set, with here and there a touch of sentimental expression The piece is well performed throughout. The Daily Telegraph and the Athenaeumhowever, greeted the opera with only mixed praise. The paper commented that Sullivan had "the true elements of an artist, which would be successfully developed were a carefully framed libretto presented to him for composition".
It concluded, however, by saying how much it enjoyed the opera: "Having thus conscientiously discharged our duties as art-critics, let us at once proceed to say that H. Pinafore is an amusing piece of extravagance, and that the music floats it on merrily to the end". Only The Figaro was actively hostile to the new piece. The many unauthorised American productions of —79 were of widely varying quality, and many of them were adaptations of the opera.
One of the more "authentic" ones was the production by the Boston Ideal Son And Daughter - Queen - Hail To Majesty (CD) Companywhich was first formed to produce Pinafore. It engaged well-regarded concert singers and opened on 14 April at the 3,seat Boston Theatre. The critics agreed that the company fulfilled its goals of presenting an "ideal" production.
The Boston Journal reported that the audience was "wrought up by the entertainment to a point of absolute approval". The paper observed that it is a mistake to consider Pinafore a burlesque, "for while irresistibly comical it is not bouffe and requires to be handled with great care lest its delicate proportions be marred and its subtle quality of humor be lost". The company went on to become one of the most successful touring companies in America. The Boston Herald wrote that "the large audience of children and their elders went fairly wild with delight When Pinafore was first revived in London init was already treated as a classic.
The Illustrated London News observed that the opera had not been updated with new dialogue, jokes and songs, but concluded that this was for the best, as the public would have missed the "time-honoured jokes, such as 'Hardly Ever.
It called the revival a "most brilliant" success and predicted another long run. Reviewing the revival, The Athenaeum managed to praise the piece while joining in the musical establishment's critique of Sullivan. On the one hand, "The Pinafore The musical world has become serious — very serious — and it is indeed refreshing to hear a merry, humorous piece, and music, unassuming in character On the other hand, it wrote that if Sullivan had pursued the path of composing more serious music, like his symphony"he would have produced still higher results; in like manner Pinafore set us wondering what the composer would have accomplished with a libretto of somewhat similar kind, but one giving him larger scope for the exercise of his gifts".
InH. Mencken wrote: "No other comic opera ever written — no other stage play, indeed, of any sort — was ever so popular. The Times gave the company's London production an enthusiastic review, saying that the audience was "enraptured", and regretting that Pinafore would be played for only two weeks.
It concluded that the opera made a "rollicking climax to the season". InJ. Williamson acquired the exclusive performing rights to Pinafore in Australia and New Zealand.
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