Paris: Benacci-Peschier [PN B.P. 400], . 1f. (title), 1f. (printed dedication), [i] (named cast list and contents), [i] (blank), 207, [i] (blank) pp. Engraved. Text in French. Printed note to foot of title: "Nota S'adresser pour la mise en Scène à Mr Arsène, Régisseur au Théâtre Lyrique." Publisher's handstamp to lower right corner of title. Printer's note to lower right corner of final page of music: "Paris Maginer Imp: 34 rue Lamartine." Some bleeding and browning. A few pages, including title, slightly torn to lower edge, with minimal loss. First Edition. Dated according to website of Bibliothèque nationale, Paris.
Le bijou perdu is one of Adam's last operas. It was first performed in 1853 at the Théâtre lyrique in Paris. The dedicatee, Marie Cabel (1827-1885), was a Belgian coloratura soprano; she created the prima donna role of Toinon in that opera.
GOUNOD, Charles 1818-1893
Mirella Opéra en 4 Actes, tiré du Poëme de Prédéric Mistral par Michel Carré... Partition Chant et Piano. Pr: 16 s/=. Paroles Italiennes de Giuseppe Zaffira Paroles Allemandes de Draxler & Pasqué. [Piano-vocal score]. London: Boosey & Sons... Paris, Choudens [PN A.C. 1029], [?1864]. 1f. (title, with decorative border by T. Laval), 1f. (dedication to George V of Hanover),  (cast list and contents, in Italian), 2-140, (1) 141- (24) 141, 141-228 pp. Transfer from engraved plates. Text in Italian and German, with titles and captions in Italian only. Printer's note to foot of p. 224: "Paris, Imp Arouy, r. St Honoré, 67"; to the right, engraver's note: "Bandon, Grav." The section with the separate pagination is the first tableau of act 3. A later edition.
Gounod's Mireille was first performed on March 19, 1864. "A few months [after the Paris première] Mireille crossed the Channel... for its London première in an Italian version as Mirella. This was on the 5 July ." James Harding: Gounod, p. 139. The combination of English imprint and price with Italian text and through-composed recitatives (instead of spoken dialogue) suggests a connection to this production at Covent Garden; the plate number would support this.
"Mireille [was] based on a recent epic poem in the Provençal language by Frédéric Mistral that just then was attracting much attention among Parisian literati... A failure during its first run in 1864, the opera was much tampered with over the years: it was condensed to three acts for an Opéra-Comique production in 1889 and eventually settled to the original size in an edition overseen by Henri Busser (though important differences from Gounod's conception still remained). Mireille gained a strong following in France, where its regional flavour has always been appreciated more than elsewhere." Steven Huebner in Grove Music Online.
Large octavo. Full dark purple cloth with blindstamped frame to rules, gilt titling to spine. Early owner's signature, "Fanny Puzzi," in pencil to front endpaper.
Binding worn, rubbed, and bumped.
Fanny Puzzi (d. 1894), active in London, was a singer, third and youngest daughter of the famous soprano Giacinta Toso (1807-1889). Item #25277
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