Milano: Gio Ricordi [PNs 9678-9689; 9692; 9697; 9697 1/2; 9960-9961], [1837-1838]. Oblong folio. Sewn. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto named cast list, verso table of contents with plate and page numbers), 235, [i] (blank) pp. Engraved. Uncut.
Named cast includes Federico Lablache, Tucci, Gianni, Barroilhet, Almerinda Manzocchi, Barili, Cimino, Freni, Bevalden, and Giuseppe Benedetti.
Contains 17 numbers in total, each with separate title, imprint, price, and pagination.
Disbound; remnants of publisher's wrappers to spine. Some minor soiling to blank margins; occasional very small stains and creases. A very attractive, crisp, wide-margined copy overall, printed on fine laid paper.
First Edition. Scarce. Giuseppe Angeloni et al., Gaetano Donizetti, p. 178. Laterza: Il Catalogo numerico Ricordi 1857, pp. 326, 335. OCLC no. 229882955.
L'assedio di Calais, to a libretto by Cammarano after Pierre Du Belloy, was first performed at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples on November 19, 1836.
"In the 19th century L’assedio di Calais had no more than a single run of performances at the S Carlo between 1836 and 1840. An enterprising recording by Opera Rara in 1989 opened the public’s eyes to the work’s many merits. Originally designed by Donizetti as a passport to the Paris Opéra, it contains an integral divertissement (in which however only two of the four dances are Donizetti’s). This was then an unusual feature as almost all Italian operas of the period were performed as double bills along with full-length ballets. The first two acts of L’assedio contain some excellent ensembles, particularly the prayer at the close of Act 2 (‘O sacro polve’), sung as the hostages leave the city hall." William Ashbrook in Grove Music Online. Item #26881
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