Paris: Au Ménestel... Heugel & Cie. 1893.
Small quarto. Original publisher's light green printed wrappers with publisher's catalogue to verso of lower. 1f. (recto performance details, verso blank), 1f. (recto title, verso named cast list), 48 pp., 1f. (blank).
Named cast for the Vienna performance at the Opéra Impérial includes Van Dyck, Neidl, Mayerhofer, Schlittenhelm, Félix, Stoll, Renard, Forster, and Carolina and for the Paris performance at the Opéra-Comique Ibos, Bouvet, Thierry, Barnolt, Artus, Éloi, Delna, Laisné, and Domingue.
Wrappers slightly worn, composer's name underlined in red pencil. Uniformly browned.
Loewenberg cols. 1152-1153.
A drame lyrique in four acts to a libretto by Édouard Blau, Paul Milliet and Georges Hartmann based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s novel Die Leiden des jungen Werthers (1774), Werther was first performed in Vienna at the Hofoper on February 16, 1892 and in Paris on January 16, 1893.
"The publication of Werther, with its implicit condonation of suicide, caused a sensation; it is said that an entire Italian edition was suppressed – that is to say, sedulously bought up – by the church authorities. It was soon dramatized, and there were operas on it as early as 1792 (Rodolphe Kreutzer, Paris) and 1802 (Pucitta, Venice)... Werther is a fine example of a middle-period opera by a composer who was able to enjoy a full life-span (La traviata and Lohengrin are useful analogues); there may be rough edges and problems of form, but there is also a fine balance between the vigour and freshness of the inspiration and the growing maturity of technique... The libretto is one of the best Massenet was given." Rodney Milnes in Grove Music Online.
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