Milano - Napoli - Firenze: Tito di Gio, Ricordi [PN N 32999-33029 N], .
Large octavo. Half maroon cloth with marbled boards. 1f. (recto illustrated title printed in dark brown, verso blank), 1f. (recto preface, verso blank), [i] (contents and named cast list), 4-352 pp. Lithographed
Named cast includes Graziani, Gardoni, Miolan Carvalho, Tagliafico, Neri-Baradli, Didiée, and Marai.
Binding worn, rubbed, and bumped; slightly shaken. Worn; occasional light foxing and browning; some signatures split or partially split; some leaves partially detached; minor tape repair and small oval handstamp to title; faded inscription dated 1873 to verso of title; former owner's signature in pencil to head of first three leaves; annotation to pencil to upper margin of first page of music.
First Italian edition, second issue.
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.
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