[Napoli]: [Del Monaco] [without PN], . Oblong folio. Dark brown cloth-backed marbled boards, spine in compartments gilt, titling gilt. 1f. (blank),  (blank), 2-176 pp. Each number with its own imprint, price, and secondary pagination. Engraved.
With an illustrated title of a scene from the opera by Focosi from the first complete edition published in Milan by Giovanni Ricordi ca. 1847 tipped-in to front free endpaper. Hopkinson 46A(a).
Binding worn, rubbed, and bumped. Minor foxing, heavier to several leaves; margins slightly soiled, with occasional small stains; pp. 69-72 detached; title and pp. 35-38 lacking; "72" to spine and illustrated title.
An early complete Neapolitan edition of the first version of the opera. Scarce. Hopkinson 46A(o) (1 copy only, at the Istituto di Studi Verdiani in Parma). OCLC nos. 16841906, 81844208 (2 copies, at Wellesley and Stanford).
Macbeth, to a libretto by Francesco Maria Piave (with additional material by Andrea Maffei) after William Shakespeare's play, was first performed in Florence at the Teatro della Pergola on March 14, 1847.
"There is no doubt that Verdi’s frequently voiced perception of the 1847 Macbeth as an especially important work, ennobled by its Shakespearean theme, was one that he successfully converted into dramatic substance. Much of the opera shows an attention to detail and sureness of effect unprecedented in earlier works. This holds true as much for the ‘conventional’ numbers, such as Lady Macbeth’s opening aria or the subsequent duet with Macbeth, as for formal experiments like the Macbeth-Banquo duettino in Act 1. What is more, the new standard set by Macbeth was one that Verdi rarely retreated from in subsequent works." Roger Parker in Grove Music Online. Item #25950
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