Paris: Au Ménestrel, Heugel & Cie. [PN H. & Cie. 21746], [ca. 1905]. Large octavo. Original publisher's dark ivory decorative wrappers. 1f. (recto half-title, verso blank), 1f. (recto title printed in red and black, verso blank, [i] (notes on first performance and named cast list printed in red and black), [ii] (contents printed in red and black), 312 pp.
Named cast includes Mary Garden, Lina Cavalieri, Marguerite Carré, Doux, Deschamps-Jéhin, Renaud, Lequien, Nerval, Chalmin, Paz, Poudrier, and Krupeninck.
Wrappers quite worn, soiled, and stained; spine torn with some loss. Several signatures split or partially split; minor soiling to edges of first few leaves; publisher's circular handstamp to lower margin of third leaf.
First Edition, second issue.
"[Massenet] was never short of operatic projects, so he was soon at work on the next in the series, Chérubin, a touching fantasy about the later career of Cherubino from Mozart’s, or rather Beaumarchais’s, Les noces de Figaro. As in Mozart’s opera, Cherubino is a travesti role, played in the first performance (Monte Carlo, 1905) by Mary Garden."
"He was the most prolific and successful composer of opera in France at the end of the 19th century and into the beginning of the 20th." Annegret Fauser, Patrick Gillis and Hugh Macdonald. Item #28833
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