Paris: Léon Escudier [PNs 2765, 2767], . Large octavo. Full modern dark ivory cloth, dark brown morocco title label gilt to spine, original publisher's dark yellow printed wrappers bound in. 1f. (recto title within decorative architectural border incorporating the titles of Verdi's operas, verso blank), 1f. (recto named cast list and index, verso blank), 359, [i] (blank) pp. Lithographed throughout.
Cast includes Sass as Elisabeth de Valois, Lauters as Princess Eboli, Levielly as Thibault, Obin as Philip II, Morère as Don Carlos, Faure as Rodrigue, David as The Grand Inquisitor, Castélmary as the Old Monk, Gaspard as the Count of Lerma, and Hermant as the Royal Herald.
With publisher's small facsimile signature to lower outer corner of title and publisher's name printed to foot of first page of music.
Small portion of lower wrapper lacking. Slightly worn and browned; title slightly chipped at edges.
First Edition, second issue. Hopkinson 61A. In the first issue (unrecorded by Hopkinson) "IMP" appears at the lower right corner of the title; in the second issue this reads "IMP CH TRINOCQ." There is also no publisher's name printed to the foot of the first page of music in the second issue. See Crawford pp. 578-579.
Don Carlos, to a libretto by Joseph Méry and Camille Du Locle after Friedrich von Schiller’s dramatic poem Don Carlos, Infant von Spanien, was first performed in Paris at the Opéra on March 11, 1867 and in a revised version in four acts (French text revised by Du Locle, Italian translation by Achille de Lauzières and Angelo Zanardini) in Milan at the Teatro alla Scala January 10, 1884.
"... Don Carlos has of late become one of the best-loved and most respected of Verdi’s operas. The simple fact is, of course, that Verdi dedicated to the work some of his greatest dramatic music. One need think only of the magnificent series of confrontational duets that form such a great part of the drama... Several of these break decisively with traditional models, forging for themselves a vital new relationship between musical and dramatic progress. It is for such moments that Don Carlos will be remembered and treasured..." Roger Parker in Grove Music Online. Item #28125
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