Milano: Gio Ricordi [PNs 1098-99, 1118, 1121, 1175-77, 1248, 1543, 1806-10, 1864-66, 1868], [1823-1825]. Oblong folio. [i] (title with named cast list), ii-x (Sinfonia), 232 pp. Engraved. Uncut. Each number with its own imprint, plate number, and secondary pagination.
Disbound. A clean, wide-margined copy overall.
Probable First Edition of the complete opera (without secco recitatives). Scarce. Grove Music Online. Catalogo Ricordi online. OCLC no. 46545379.
Elisa e Claudio, to a libretto by Luigi Romanelli after Filippo Casari's play Rosella, was first performed in Milan at the Teatro alla Scala on October 30, 1821.
"Elisa e Claudio was Mercadante’s first great success, and his only comedy to maintain its place alongside the serious works of his later years. ‘A Rossinian structure with Cimarosa looking out from one of the windows’ said a critic of the first London performance, not without perception; but there is much in the harmonic resourcefulness, inventive part-writing and characteristic use of imitation which reveals Mercadante’s hand." Michael Rose in Grove Music Online.
"On the surface the opera is an innocuous reworking of Cimarosa's Il matrimonio segreto, and describes the peasant girl Elisa's successful struggle with Count Arnoldo to preserve her marriage with his son Claudio and ensure the welfare of their children. However, it subtly illustrates the precedence of natural rights over the privileges of nobility, and thus represents the ordinary citizen's desire for self-assertion. This message, which could not be disputed by official censorship, contributed greatly to its success." Michael Wittmann in Grove Music Online. Item #26879
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