A year before the action of this opera begins, Nanki-Poo, son of the Mikado of Japan, fled his father's imperial court to escape marriage with Katisha, an elderly lady. Disguised as a traveling musician, he met and fell in love with Yum-Yum, the young ward of Ko-Ko, a cheap tailor in the town of Titipu. Yum-Yum, however, was already betrothed to her guardian, and Nanki-Poo left Titipu in despair.
DRAMATIS PERSONAE THE MIKADO OF JAPAN NANKI-POO (his Son, disguised as a wandering minstrel, and in love with Yum-Yum) KO-KO (Lord High Executioner of Titipu) POOH-BAH (Lord High Everything Else) PISH-TUSH (a Noble Lord) Three Sisters--Wards of Ko-Ko: YUM-YUM PITTI-SING PEEP-BO KATISHA (an elderly Lady, in love with Nanki-Poo). Chorus of School-girls, Nobles, Guards, and Coolies.
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