Le Prophète; A Lyric Drama, in four Acts, as represented at the Royal Italian Opera, Covent Garden... (translated from the French of E. Scribe,) by R. Santo-Mango; the English version by J.W. Tibbert... One shilling and sixpence. [Libretto]. Giacomo MEYERBEER.

Le Prophète; A Lyric Drama, in four Acts, as represented at the Royal Italian Opera, Covent Garden... (translated from the French of E. Scribe,) by R. Santo-Mango; the English version by J.W. Tibbert... One shilling and sixpence. [Libretto].

[London]: T. Brettell, [ca. 1849].

Octavo. 1f. (recto title, verso copyright noticer), [3]-5 (summary and contents), [6] (named list of instrumental performers), [7] (named cast list and setting), [8]-100 pp.

Named cast includes Pauline Viardot as Fedes, Mario as Jean de Leyde, and Tagliafico as the Count d'Oberthal.

Disbound. Slightly worn and browned; outer corners of first several leaves chipped.

Probable First English edition. Manferrari II, p. 333. OCLC no. 612720103. This edition not in COPAC.

First performed in Paris at the Opéra on April 16, 1849 and in London on July 24, 1849.

In Le prophète, Meyerbeer was the first composer to use the leitmotif as an indication of what lies ahead, a function described later by Wagner as Ahnung or premonition... The moment of peripeteia is marked by a spectacular stage effect: in Le prophète it was the first successful use in any theatre of an electric spotlight, which Meyerbeer had specially made by the physicist Léon Foucault." Matthias Brzoska in Grove Music Online.

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