Paris: G. Brandus & S. Dufour [PN B. et D. 10172].
Large octavo. Quarter dark brown calf with dark brown textured paper boards, spine in decorative gilt-ruled compartments, titling gilt. 1f. (recto title illustrated by A. Barbizet, verso blank), 1f. (cast list and contents), 350 pp. Engraved.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped; upper corner of front free endpaper lacking. Occasional minor foxing; small tears, and chips, some repaired; some signatures split or partially split; handstamps to lower margin of title; lower outer corner lacking to pp. 53/54, 61/62, and 187/8.
Dinorah (also known as Le pardon de Ploërmel), to a libretto by J. Barbier and M. Carré after Carré's play Les chercheurs du trésor, was first performed in Paris at the Opéra Comique (Favart) on April 4, 1859.
"The work, originally called Le pardon de Ploërmel, was planned as a one-act opéra comique and enlarged to three acts at Meyerbeer’s request. The composer converted the original spoken dialogue into recitatives for performances in other countries, where the opera often became known as Dinorah. The most famous number is the heroine’s coloratura waltz aria in Act 2, ‘Ombre légère qui suis mes pas’, during which she dances with her own shadow... The overture is innovatory in that it features participation of the chorus, a prayer to the Virgin sung behind the curtain that alternates with procession and storm music in the pit." Steven Huebner in Grove Music Online
"[Meyerbeer was] the most frequently performed opera composer during the 19th century, linking Mozart and Wagner." Matthias Brzoska in Grove Music Online.
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