Paris: Heugel et Cie. [H. 2372.], ca. 1874. Octavo. Quarter light olive green cloth with marbled boards, red morocco title label gilt to spine. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto named cast list and table of contents, verso blank), 147, [i] (blank) pp. Lithographed.
Named cast includes Léonce, Désirée, Tavau, Bache, J. Paul, Antognini, Floquet, Tautin, Chabert, Macé, Garnier, Geoffroy, Enjalbert, and Cico.
Handstamps of the publisher and the "Répertoire Général des Bouffes-Parisie[ns]... " to lower outer margin of title; printer's name ("Trinocq") to lower outer margin of p. 147.
Binding slightly worn and bumped. Slightly worn internally; moderate foxing, heavier to some leaves; upper portion lightly dampstained; title and final leaves slightly browned; tear to pp. 65/66 repaired; minor tears and repairs to margins of final leaf, not affecting music; price on title erased.
First Edition of the first version, later issue. Fuld, pp. 159-160. IMSLP. Lesure II, p. 226.
Orphée aux enfers, to a libretto by Hector-Jonathan Crémieux and Ludovic Halévy, was first performed in Paris at the Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens (Salle Choiseul) on October 21, 1858.
"Orphée aux enfers marked a significant advance for Offenbach in 1858. From being restricted by the terms of his licence to producing short works for just a few performers, he was now permitted to use larger casts and chorus and to offer his audiences a full-length work for the first time. Though the idea of parodying Greek mythology (see Orpheus) was not new, the vehemence with which Offenbach did so, not least by turning a stately minuet into a cancan, caused a good deal of critical comment. However, this merely served to increase interest in the work and ensure its overwhelming success in Paris. In turn this led to international celebrity on an enlarged scale and substantially accelerated the pace of acceptance of his works abroad... in 1874 Offenbach expanded the four scenes into four separate acts for a spectacular production at the Théâtre de la Gaîté... This opened with a new overture... and introduced new characters, two ballets and several new vocal numbers." Andrew Lamb in Grove Music Online. Item #25829
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