Paris: Janet et Cotelle [PN 2029. J.C.], [ca. 1825-1827]. Folio. Quarter black cloth with marbled boards, titling gilt to spine. 1f. (title), 1f. (named cast list, perhaps for an 1817 production at the Théâtre Italien in Paris), 201, [i] (blank) pp. Engraved. Text in Italian.
Named cast includes Schiasetti, Amigo, Rossi, Bordogni, Zucchelli, Graziani, and Auletta.
Vendor's handstamp to lower blank margin of title.
Boards slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped. Minor internal soiling, foxing, and creasing to corners; occasional small stains, tears or perforations, affecting two notes on p. 201; early manuscript table of contents in pencil to lower blank portion of cast list, as well as occasional performance notes and passaggi.
An early edition. Scarce. Gossett p. 245. Worldcat (6 copies, only 3 of which are in the U.S.). OCLC no. 25142739.
L'italiana in Algeri, to a libretto substantially derived from Angelo Anelli's libretto for Luigi Mosca's L'italiana in Algeri, was first performed in Venice at the Teatro San Benedetto on May 22, 1813.
"The opera is Rossini’s first buffo masterpiece in the fully fledged two-act form. It quickly won widespread popular acclaim in Italy and it was the first Rossini opera to be produced in Germany (1816, Munich) and France (1817, Paris)... L’italiana in Algeri is a work of great richness and sophistication. Formally it is an innovative piece, drawing Rossini’s experience from his single-act farse into a larger context. It is also, despite being written at speed, notably free from any kind of self-borrowing. The numbers that were farmed out to another composer, gracious and decorous in an 18th-century style, are by contrast a reminder of how fiercely the flame of Rossini’s own comic invention burns in this remarkable opera, which transcends Mosca’s earlier effort as surely as Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia was shortly to transcend Paisiello’s." Richard Osborne in Grove Music Online. Item #26920
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