Milano: Ricordi Grua e Co. [PNs 2046-2048, 2099, 2100-2104, 2129, 2131-2138], [1824-1825]. Oblong folio. Quarter ivory vellum-backed ivory boards, titling gilt to spine. 1f. (recto title, verso named cast list and index of pieces), 285, [i] (blank) pp. Engraved. Each number with its own plate number, price, and secondary pagination.
Named cast includes Bianchi, Lallande, Crivelli, Lorenzani, Velluti, Boccomini, and Bramati.
Binding slightly worn, bumped, and soiled. Margins lightly worn and foxed; first few leaves including title more heavily foxed; some corners slightly creased.
First Edition. Laterza, Il Catalogo numerico Ricordi 1857, pp. 70-74. OCLC no. 52156273.
Il Crociato in Egitto, to a libretto by Gaetano Rossi, was first performed in Venice at the Teatro La Fenice on March 7, 1824.
The opera "was Meyerbeer’s most successful, as well as his last, opera for an Italian stage. The part of Armando was written for the castrato Giovanni Battista Velluti, which makes the work noteworthy as the last major opera with a role for that voice type. Following its Venetian première, Il crociato took other houses by storm: within a little over a year productions were mounted in Florence, Trieste, Padua, Parma and London. The work then served as Meyerbeer’s entrée to Paris, where it was first performed at the Théâtre Italien on 25 September 1825 with the soprano Giuditta Pasta in the role of Armando and Nicholas Levasseur as Aladino." Steven Huebner in Grove Music Online. Item #25821
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