New York: J. Fischer & Bro. [PN J.F. & B. 5725-279], . Large octavo. Original publisher's black cloth-backed wrappers illustrated in color. 1f. (recto title, verso copyright notice and note regarding commission), 1f. (cast list), [ii] (named cast list for the first performance), [i] (table of contents), 1f. (dedication to Mary Kennedy and Joan Taylor), 274, [i] (blank) pp.
Named cast includes lawrence Tibbett, Edward Johnson, William Gustafson, George Meader, Louis D'Angelo, Florence Easton, Merle Alcock, Arnold Gabor, Max Altglass, George Cehanovsky, etc., with conductor Tullio Serafin, stage director Wilhelm von Wymetal, scenic artist Joseph Urban, and costume designer Gretl Urban.
Wrappers slightly worn. Slightly browned; some creasing; occasional rust stains from paper clip; very minor foxing to front endpaper and title; marks in pencil to upper portion of p. 251.
Second issue. OCLC no. 54785679 (without frontispiece portrait).
The King's Henchman was first performed in New York at the Metropolitan Opera on February 17, 1927.
The libretto of The King's Henchman was fashioned by the American poet, Edna St. Vincent Millay, from a 10th-century Saxon tale. Olin Downes called the opera 'poetic and glamorous', but critics and audiences alike were especially attracted to the novelty of an opera by an American in the English language. Giulio Gatti-Casazza, under whose tenure at the Metropolitan Opera the opera was commissioned, recounted: "Without doubt the two most successful American operas given at the Metropolitan prior to the season of 1932-33 were the works of Deems Taylor... The presentation of 'The King's Henchman," libretto by Edna St. Vincent Millay, came on February 17, 1927. Florence Easton, Edward Johnson and Lawrence Tibbett were in the cast and Tullio Serafin conducted. The production was extremely successful, people coming from all over the country to view it." Giulio Gatti-Casazza: Memories of Opera p. 242. Item #26283
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