Eager to capitalise on the success of Trial by Jury in 1875, the impresario Richard d’Oyly Carte organised the Comedy Opera Company Ltd and commissioned Gilbert and Sullivan to write a comic operetta. Drawing upon various sources, Gilbert fashioned a plot dealing with the effects of a love potion on an English village. Though Gilbert finished his libretto by April 1877, Sullivan, despondent over the death of his brother Fred, finished the score barely in time for the mid-November premiere at London’s Opera Comique. The Sorcerer, satirising both Victorian customs and theatrical devices, was a success and ran for 175 performances; this was to lead to the next collaboration, H.M.S. Pinafore. Albany is proud to present another wonderfully sparkling performance by the renowned Ohio Light Opera Company, the first complete CD recording, incorporating Gilbert’s hilarious spoken dialogue. Those who have come to know and love the acclaimed series by this group are in for an absolute treat!