A Comic Opera in Two Acts.
written by Basil Hood.
music by Arthur Sullivan.
November 29, 1899 - June 28, 1900
Hassan is a rich philanthropist
who entertains beggar-men at his house, much to the dismay of his
25 wives. The Sultana, escaping the strict confines of the royal
household, hides in Hassan's house with her three favourite slaves
disguised as dancing girls. She is followed by the Sultan, who
is bored with his obligations, accompanied by his three top officials.
Hassan, while under the influence of the drug bhang, admits to
the Sultan that the Sultana is in his house, thus compromising
her life and his own. To punish Hassan (and to give himself a little
holiday), the Sultan takes him to the palace and commands his court
to treat Hassan as if he were sultan.
This is Sullivan's last completed opera.