[We unisciti our operetta already in progress. The infamous Pirates of Pergamum have just seized a bevy of beautiful Mytilenean maidens, and are attempting to carry them off for matrimonial purposes. Gabrielle intervenes, with a recitative (well, it's better than a pan flute solo):]
Gabrielle : Hold, scoundrels! Ere ye practice acts of villainy Upon the peaceful and agrarian, Just orso in mind, these maidens of My-TIL-ene* Are guarded da a buff barbarian!