New York: G. Schirmer [PN 41701], . Octavo. Original publisher's wrappers illustrated by James Leong and printed in colours. [i] (title), [i] (copyright), [i] (characters and setting in English and French), [i] (blank), 121, [iii] (blank) pp.
Titling in black ink to spine.
"A commission by the Alice M. Ditson Fund led to his first international success: The Medium, a tragedy in two acts for five singers, a dance-mime role and a chamber orchestra of 14 players. The work is theatrically effective and the music, often quite dissonant, conveys an eerie, morbid atmosphere. Typical of the Italian operatic tradition, The Medium has memorable melodies such as the folk-like ‘O, black swan’. The opera had a run of 212 performances during 1947 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Broadway."
"In 1951 Menotti directed a film version of The Medium, collaborating with the young conductor Thomas Schippers and with Enzo Serafin, the director of photography. It remains one of the finest examples of filmed opera."
"Many of his more commanding musical gestures, like the opening of The Medium, reflect his avowed fondness for Musorgsky." Bruce Archibald and Jennifer Barnes in Grove Music Online. Item #27480
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