London: Published and Sold at Her Majesty's Theatre; also by Seguin... Sams... Rice... Hookham, Mitchell, and Ebers... and Andrews and Allcroft, [ca. 1848]. Octavo. Original publisher's printed wrappers with printed text "Her Majesty's Theatre Authorized Edition. Jullien & Co., Royal Musical Conservatory, And Circulating Library, 214, Regent Street." and "La Semiramide" in contemporary manuscript to upper.  (title),  (named cast list),  "Argument"), -40, pp. Lower inner wrapper with advertisements for "Boxes and Pit Stalls in Her Majesty's Theatre" and selected musical arrangements by Jullien.
Cast included Grisi as Semiramis, Crivelli as Idrenus, Brambilla as Arsaces, Fornasari as Assur, Bellini as Azema, and Lablache as Oroe.
With bifolium "Jullien's Royal Conservatory of Music, and New Musical Circulating Library" including "Conditions and Regulations" bound in.
Slightly worn and browned; some minor soiling and staining.
Semiramide, a melodramma tragico to a libretto by Gaetano Rossi after Voltaire's Sémiramis, was first performed at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice on February 3, 1823.
"With Semiramide, Rossini brought his Italian career to a spectacular close. After a series of operas in which the primary areas of interest were either vocal or architectural, Rossini once again drew vocal, dramatic, and architectural elements into harmony with one another. The strategic planning is formidable, with an opening movement of over 700 bars and an Act 1 finale of over 900 bars; the work points directly forward to the huge structural spans of Guillaume Tell (1829)... his treatment of key scenes has great musico-dramatic impact, far removed from the kind of musical tinsel served up by Marcos António Portugal in his La morte di Semiramide (1801) where vocal display obscures the thrust of those archetypal relationships and situations which Rossini’s music powerfully engages." Richard Osborne in Grove Music Online. Item #28149
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