A toast, from the Italian word for the same. Every Italian opera had to have its drinking song –– but none, we vouch, with tea. Perhaps the most rousing brindisi of all is the one in Verdi’s La Traviata, first produced in 1853. Rees (254) reports that Verdi’s opera was on the boards in London at the time The Sorcerer was produced, so it was surely well known to many in the Savoy audiences. See also The Grand Duke.