Napoli: Stabilimento Musicale Partenopeo Successore di B. Girard et Co. [PNs 9934-10399], [ca. 1853]. Oblong folio. Quarter dark red cloth with red textured paper boards. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto named cast list for the first performance and table of contents, verso blank), 5-175, [i] (blank) pp. Engraved.
Named cast includes Raffaele Mirate, Felice Varesi, Teresina Brambilla, Feliciano Pons, Annetta Casaloni, Laura Saini, Paolo Damini, Franceso Kunerth, Angelo Zuliani, Andrea Bellini, Luigia Morselli, Antonio Rizzi, and Annetta Modes-Lovati.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and scuffed. Minor foxing; many leaves with text underlined in red crayon; minor dampstaining to lower blank corners of final leaves; pp. 9-10 partially detached.
Early complete Neapolitan edition. Rare. Hopkinson 53A(m). Worldcat (2 copies only, at Harvard and the Morgan Library). OCLC nos. 57289978, 270557807.
Rigoletto was first performed in Venice at the Teatro La Fenice on March 11, 1851. "The premiere, with a cast that included Raffaele Mirate (Duke), Felice Varesi (Rigoletto...) and Teresa Brambilla (Gilda), was an enormous success, and the opera, in spite of continuing problems with local censors, almost immediately became part of the basic repertory, being performed more than 250 times in its first ten years. Rigoletto has never lost this position and remains one of the most frequently performed operas in the international repertory." Roger Parker in Grove Music Online. Item #26547
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