Berlin: Adolph Fürstner [PN A. 8303 F.; A. 8303.8308 F.], 1935. Large folio. Modern blue cloth, with original wrappers printed in dark red and olive green bound in. [i] (title), [i] (copyright notice), 1f. (cast list), 460 pp.
The plate number "A. 8303.8308 F." is found on the pages corresponding to the orchestral prelude, entitled "Potpourri" (pp. 5-16). Printer's note, "Stich u. Druck v. Oscar Brandstetter, Leipzig-Berlin," to lower margin of final page.
Binding very slightly bumped; wrappers browned. Slightly foxed.
First Edition. Trenner no. 265, p. 307. Mueller von Asow IIk, p. 922. OCLC no. 5186816.
Die Schweigsame Frau, to a libretto by Stefan Zweig after Ben Jonson's play Epicoene, was first performed at the Staatsoper in Dresden on June 24, 1935. "Despite a notable cast (Karl Böhm conducted Cebotari’s Aminta, the 61-year-old Plaschke’s Morosus, Martin Kremer’s Henry and Matthieu Ahlersmeyer’s Barber), the opera had a fraught première. Even in 1935, Strauss had to battle with Nazi officialdom to get his Jewish librettist acknowledged on the Dresden Opera handbills, whereupon Hitler and Goebbels decided not to attend." The opera was banned after only four performances. David Murray and Bryan Gilliam in Grove Music Online. Item #26092
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