Milano: Giovanni Ricordi [PNs 23171-186], [1852-53]. Oblong folio. 19th century marbled boards with decorative label to upper with titling in manuscript within decorative blue border. 1f. (recto title incorporating a fine lithographic illustration of a scene from the opening of Act III of the opera by Corbeita after a drawing by Focosi, verso blank), 1f. (recto index of 16 numbers, verso blank), 5-133, [i] (blank) pp.
With occasional performance markings in pencil and violet ink and occasional additional text in violet ink.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed and bumped; rebacked in brown cloth. Some wear and thumbing, primarily to corners; minor foxing; title slightly soiled, with 2" tear repaired and early signature to lower right corner trimmed; restoration to first two signatures, primarily to edges and lower outer corners.
First Edition of the arrangement for piano solo.
Rigoletto, in three acts to a libretto by Francesco Maria Piave after Victor Hugo’s play Le roi s’amuse, was first performed in Venice at the Teatro La Fenice on March 11, 1851.
"The première, with a cast that included Raffaele Mirate (Duke), Felice Varesi (Rigoletto...) and Teresa Brambilla (Gilda), was an enormous success, and the opera, in spite of continuing problems with local censors, almost immediately became part of the basic repertory, being performed more than 250 times in its first ten years. Rigoletto has never lost this position and remains one of the most frequently performed operas in the international repertory... Rigoletto is almost always placed as the true beginning of Verdi’s maturity, the essential dividing line between ‘early’ works and the succession of repertory pieces that will follow..." Roger Parker in Grove Music Online. Item #28088
Price: $700.00 other currencies