Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel [PN 8047], . Folio. Dark green calf-backed black textured paper boards with titling gilt to upper, spine with decorative tooling and gilt title labels. 1f. (recto title printed within decorative borders, verso blank), 1f. (recto table of contents, verso blank), -12 (cast list and libretto in German), 3-345, [i] (blank) pp. Title lithographed, cast list and libretto typset, music engraved.
Binding moderately worn. Occasional light foxing; margins lightly soiled and stained, heavier to some leaves; several leaves with small tears to blank lower margins.
First German Edition. IMSLP (Breitkopf plate numbers). OCLC no. 10855793.
Le Prophète, to a libretto by Eugène Scribe, was first performed in Paris at the Opéra on April 16, 1849.
"The première of Le prophète took place at a time that was particularly propitious for its box office fortunes and offers one example among several of how Meyerbeer’s operas benefited from political events. Since the performance occurred less than a year after the popular uprising of June 1848, Le prophète could readily be appropriated by authorities as a piece about the dangers of popular sedition ignited by demagoguery. This was possible especially because the evils of artistocratic authority, the ostensible cause of the Anabaptist revolt, receive very little musico-dramatic projection in the work." Steven Huebner in Grove Music Online. Item #25824
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