- an operetta (1882) by Sir William S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan.
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He replies that Iolanthe is his mother, but cannot convince her.The Standard Light Operas
In Iolanthe he shows a tendency to return to simple lyrical forms.The Russian Opera
"To my mind it lies between 'Patience' and 'Iolanthe,'" said Clarence.The Wishing-Ring Man
Then Iolanthe, still hiding her identity, pleads Strephon's cause.
The Queen enquires why Iolanthe should have chosen to live at the bottom of a stream.