Paris: Colombier [PN C. 2587], . Large octavo. Quarter dark red leather with "E. Carlier" and rules gilt to upper; spine in ruled compartments with titling gilt. 1f. (title with decorative border lithographed by A. Barbizet), 1f. (named cast list and contents), 357, [i] (blank) pp. Lithographed. Spoken dialogue not included except for cue lines preceding each musical number.
Performance-related annotations in pencil to pp. 98-119.
Binding worn, rubbed, and bumped. Title and some additional leaves moderately foxed, remainder slightly foxed; publisher's handstamp to lower right corner of title, slightly trimmed; offsetting to pp. 234-35.
First Edition. AWV p. 1414.
"La circassienne was one of Auber's last operas, composed when he was nearly 80 years old. His librettist, Eugène Scribe, had been Auber's regular collaborator since 1823 and had written the libretto for his greatest success, Fra Diavolo. The opera was premiered by the Opéra-Comique in Paris on 2 February 1861 in a production directed by Ernest Mocker. In his review of the premiere for Le Ménestrel, Jacques Heugel praised the score as Auber's 'most youthful, clever, and refined music', admirably adapted to Scribe's witty libretto and demonstrating once again that he was 'the French musician par excellence'. He went on to describe the opening night as 'a true success' with the audience 'in raptures'... However, the opera's success proved to be short-lived. In October 1861 an adapted English version of La circassienne was given three performances by the Caroline Richings opera company in Philadelphia, but it received no performances in Europe outside of France. It remained in the Opéra-Comique's repertoire for only one year with a total of 49 performances." Wikipedia. Item #25279
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