Leipzig: Josef Weinberger [PN J.W. 1316.], 1903. Small folio. Full light blue cloth with titling gilt. [i] (title), [ii] (cast list), 3-217 pp. music.
Inscription to head of title in brown-black ink :"Mr. Scotti." Names of Metropolitan opera cast penciled in cursive next to printed roles, with erasure of previous cast member for Florindo, "J[...]ker [Jadlowker]," replaced by "Macnez"; erasure of previous cast member [Charles Hargreaves?] replaced by "[Austin] Murphy"; blue pencil through German text of Lelio's (Scotti's) part throughout the score; brown-black ink "x" to left of Lelio. With some performance markings in pencil and blue crayon.
"James Ringo" gilt to lower right corner of upper board.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed and bumped. Some browning and soiling; first signature partially detached; tape repairs to several leaves; music seller's oval handstamp to lower portion of title slightly smudged.
Die neugierigen Frauen was first performed at the Residenztheater in Munich on November 27, 1903.
It would seem likely that this score was used for the Metropolitan Opera's 1913 revival of the opera, in which Geraldine Farrar (1882-1967), Adam Didur (1874-1946), Bella Alten (1877-1962), Andrés de Segurola (1874-1953), Angelo Bada (1876-1941), and the Italian baritone Antonio Scotti (1866-1936) were all cast under Toscanini. Scotti was known for his "smooth delivery, variety of color, a fine legato and facility in the upper register... together with the elegance of his acting." Rodolfo Celletti and Valeria Pregliasco Gualerzi in Grove Music Online.
"Despite its stylistic debts to earlier composers of Italian comic operas (from Pergolesi through Mozart and Rossini to Verdi), Wolf-Ferrari’s music has many individual features. The orchestration, which uses relatively small forces with unusual delicacy and resourcefulness, has been particularly admired; while the harmonic and melodic idiom, though in no way revolutionary, has a subtly pervasive flavour of its own (which can all too easily be ruined, however, in a heavy-handed performance). Room is found for passing allusions to idioms as far apart as Handelian bravura and Venetian folksong; yet the overall effect remains surprisingly unified – more so, indeed, than in some later Wolf-Ferrari operas that have become much better known." John C. G. Waterhouse in Grove Music Online.
James H. Ringo (1926-1990) was an American writer and critic whose work appeared in the American Record Guide, Composer's Alliance Bulletin, Opera News and other publications. He also published Ermanno Wolf Ferrari An Appreciation of his Work. Item #23087
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