Paris: Turgis, [ca. 1837].
Lithograph by Turgis after Adam depicting small full-length role portraits of six principal characters (Brigitte, Lord Edford, Angele, Gil Perès, Hyacinte, and Horace de Massarena et Juliano) and one scene from each of Acts I, 2 and 3 of the opera within a double line border and incorporating decorative elements. 286 x 209 mm. + wide margins.
Slightly foxed, somewhat heavier to blank margins; slightly browned from former matting.
An opéra comique in three acts to a libretto by Eugène Scribe, Le Domino Noir was first performed in Paris at the Opéra-Comique (Salle Bourse) on December 2, 1837.
"Le domino noir was Auber’s most successful opéra comique in Paris, with over 1200 performances by 1909. The many surprising twists in its plot, a notable feature of opéra comique, also made it popular in Germany and England (the London première was on 18 January 1838), and it was translated into most European languages. Auber’s music not only brings out the humour and wit of the libretto’s couplets and features many dance rhythms, but also displays depths of expression, as in the minor-key section of the overture, in Massarena’s ‘Amour, viens finir mon supplice’, and in Angèle’s ‘Le trouble et la frayeur’ and its interpolated bolero, ‘Flamme vengeresse’. Auber proved himself a shrewd dramatist in his use of parlando over an independent instrumental theme and in his choice of motifs to suit various situations. He imported a discreet Spanish flavour with two boleros and the popular aragonese, ‘La belle Inès fait florès’. Angèle’s bolero became a worldwide success as ‘La gitana’ or ‘El jaleo de Jeres’." Herbert Schneider in Grove Music Online.
No. 1 in a series of operatic lithographs published by Turgis.
Price: $225.00 other currencies