Milano... Gio. Ricordi... Firenze... Ricordi e Co. [PNs 6400-27], . Oblong folio. Original publisher's yellow printed yellow with lithographic vignette by Ricordi after Giuseppe Pagani. 1f. (recto title, verso blank), 1f. (recto named cast list, verso index of 28 numbers), 231, [i] (blank) pp. Engraved. With separate caption title, price, imprint, and pagination to each number; continuous pagination to lower outer corners. Preserved in a custom-made half black calf folding case with titling gilt to spine.
With names of Paris ("L. Launer") and London agents ("T. Boosey e Co.") printed to foot of title and upper wrapper (Paris imprint simply "Launer" to wrapper). Number 13 without imprint or agents. Small collector's monogrammatic handstamp "LF" to lower margin of upper wrapper and title. From information printed on the upper wrapper it is evident that both the piano-vocal and solo piano scores were available with plates of scenes from the opera ("Per Piano Forte Con Scene Fr. 19 Senza [Fr.] 15").
Named cast includes Heinefetter as Adina, Genero as Nemorino, Dabadie as Belcore, Frezzolini as Dulcamara, and Sacchi as Giannetta.
Wrappers slightly worn, soiled, and frayed; small tear to upper with tape repair; small portion of lower torn away. Edges slightly dusty, those of final leaves slightly frayed. Overall, a very attractive, wide-margined copy in original state.
First Edition, first issue. Rare. Crawford p. 143.
L'Elisir d'Amore, to a libretto by Felice Romani after Eugène Scribe’s text for Daniel-François-Esprit Auber’s Le philtre (1831), was first performed in Milan at the Teatro Cannobiana on May 12, 1832.
"L’elisir was composed in the six-week period between the première of Ugo, conte di Parigi (13 March 1832) and the time the opera went into rehearsal (about 1 May)... The first run was a huge success at the Cannobiana, where it was introduced by Sabine Heinefetter (Adina), Giambattista Genero (Nemorino), Henri-Bernard Dabadie (Belcore) and Giuseppe Frezzolini (Dr Dulcamara). Its vogue in southern Italy was launched by its production at the Teatro del Fondo, Naples, in the spring of 1834, when it was given with Fanny Tacchinardi-Persiani (Adina), Lorenzo Salvi (Nemorino), Ambrogi (Belcore) and Lablache (Dulcamara). On 27 September 1835, it was first given at La Scala with Malibran (Adina), Poggi (Nemorino) and Salvatori (Belcore), with Frezzolini repeating his famous impersonation of Dulcamara. L’elisir continued its rapid triumphal progress across Italy where, as the musical press of the period shows, it was the most frequently performed opera between 1838 and 1848, a time when one out of every four productions in the country was of a work by Donizetti." William Ashbrook in Grove Music Online.
A fine, untrimmed copy, rare in original wrappers. Item #28104
Price: $3,200.00 other currencies