Paris: Au Ménestrel... Heugel & Cie [PNs H. et Cie. 7742.; G.H. 1190.], [c. 1884]. Large octavo. Quarter dark brown leather with marbled boards, raised bands on spine in decorative compartments gilt, marbled endpapers, red edges. 1f. (half title), 1f. (title), i (named cast list), ii-iii (description of scenes, [iv] (blank), 367 pp.
Cast members include Edmond Vergnet and Léon Gresse for the Brussels performance, and Jean and Édouard de Reszké, Victor Maurel, Fidès Devriès, and Wilhelmina Tremelli for the Paris performance.
Binding slightly worn and rubbed; some foxing, heaviest to the first and last leaves; publishers' round and oblong handstamps to title and named cast list; one signature partially detached; minor staining.
This edition represents the revised version of the opera, issued to coincide with the Paris performance at the Théâtre Italien on February 1, 1884.
Based on the story by Gustave Flaubert, Hérodiade was first performed in Brussels in the Théâtre de la Monnaie on December 19, 1881.
Hérodiade is generally regarded as the best of the composer's three attempts at traditional grand opera. The work's strength lies in "familiar Massenet territory: erotic obsession," particularly in the musical characterization of Herod. Until the turn of the century, the opera was staged frequently on both sides of the Atlantic. In part because its five leading roles are rewarding to star singers, it has never fallen out of the repertory. Rodney Milnes in Grove Music Online. Item #23045
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