Milano: Giovanni Ricordi [PNs 5224/5259, 5225-34], [ca. 1845].
Oblong folio. Original publisher's printed wrappers with names of various composers printed within decorativeborder. 1f. (title), [i] (dedication), [i] (named cast list and table of contents), 188 pp. Engraved. Uncut. Series title ("Opere Teatrali Complete") printed to upper wrapper.
Named cast includes Giuditta Grisi, Carradori-Allan, Antoldi, Bonfiglio, and Ranieri Pocchini.
Wrappers moderately creased, worn, and soiled, with some tears, creasing, and slight loss to spine and margins. Some light foxing; some tears and creasing to blank lower inner corners of approximately one-third of leaves, not affecting music. A good, wide-margined copy overall.
First Edition, later issue (published in 1831, the first issue does not contain the dedication to the Catanesi; because Verdi's name is one of those printed to the upper wrapper, the present copy was most probably issued after that composer's first operatic successes in the early 1840s). Lippmann p. 382. Weinstock p. 247.
I Capuleti e i Montecchi was first performed at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice on March 11, 1830.
"... the subject of star-crossed lovers enabled Bellini to play from strength as a purveyor of tender, elegiac melody. Here, as in Zaira, he infused the simple, syllabic vocal writing of La straniera with melismatic bravura, preparing the way for that perfect synthesis of expression and virtuosity he attained in La sonnambula. As the last important opera with a breeches-part hero, I Capuleti survived throughout the century as a favourite war-horse for star sopranos such as Wilhelmine Schröder-Devrient and Johanna Wagner, despite the hostility of progressives such as Liszt, who dismissed it as intolerably old-fashioned, and the ambivalence of Wagner, who loved its melodies while deploring its dramatic conception." Simon Maguire, Elizabeth Forbes, and Julian Budden in Grove Music Online.
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