Paris: Carli [PNs 1110, 1351, 1491, 1493, 1494, 1767, (1779), 1780, 1811, 1819, 1820, 1829-1832, 1838], [ca. 1823]. Folio. Dark brown morocco-backed marbled boards, spine in compartments gilt with titling gilt, marbled endpapers. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto blank, verso publisher's catalog),  (cast list and table of contents), -252 pp. Engraved. Each number with secondary pagination.
An attractive copy.
Medea in Corinto, to a libretto by Felice Romani after Euripides, was first performed in Naples at the Teatro San Carlo on November 28, 1813.
Mayr "was a leading figure in the development of opera seria in the last decade of the 18th century and the first two decades of the 19th... Medea was the first opera that [he] composed for Naples following a long string of successes in such north Italian centres as Venice and Milan... [It] was a huge success at its première. The leading roles were performed by important singers whose status in Naples continued throughout the next decade: Isabella Colbran (later Rossini’s first wife) created the role of Medea, Andrea Nozzari played Jason and Manuel García played Aegeus. A revival, for which Mayr made minor changes, apparently tailoring parts to new singers, was mounted in summer 1814. The composer revised the score more thoroughly for a later revival at La Scala in 1823, at which Teresa Belloc-Giorgi sang the role of Medea, ‘modernizing’ it by providing true cabalettas for the arias and replacing the short detached phrases of his earlier melodies with more expansive lyrical periods. Medea enjoyed continued attention in the 1820s as a vehicle for Giuditta Pasta, who performed the opera in Paris (1823), London (from 1826) and Milan (1829), probably in one of the early Neapolitan versions." Scott L. Balthazar in Grove Music Online. Item #25667
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