Paris: G. Brandus & S. Dufour [PN B. et D. 10906], [ca. 1865].
Large octavo. Full dark red cloth boards. 1f. (recto decorative title printed in light brown, verso blank), 1f. (recto blank, verso notes on first performance and named cast list), 425, [i] (blank) pp. + 1f. (notes on first performance omissions). Lithographed.
Named cast includes Saxe, Battu, Naudin, Warot, Faure, Castelmary, Belval, David, Obin, Levielly, Grisy, Aimès, Méchelaère, Fréret, Cléophas, and Koenig.
Occasional minor foxing; handstamps to lower margin of title, trimmed; tear to pp. 31/32 with tape repair.
Fourth edition, [?]later issue.
L'Africaine, to a libretto by Eugène Scribe, was first performed in Paris at the Opéra on April 28, 1865.
Meyerbeer was "the most frequently performed opera composer during the 19th century, linking Mozart and Wagner... When [he] died suddenly..., during rehearsals of his last opera, L’Africaine, the character of opera as an art was established beyond dispute. The style of grand opera developed by Meyerbeer was the recognized international model for music drama for almost a century." Matthias Brzoska in Grove Music Online.
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