Milano: G. Ricordi & C. [PN 45431], . Large octavo. Quarter dark maroon calf with textured cloth boards,spine in decorative compartments gilt, titling gilt; red speckled edges; decorative endpapers. 1f. (recto dedication, verso blank), 1f. (recto decorative title printed in red and gold, verso copyright), 1f. (recto cast list, verso contents), 357, [i] (blank) pp. Text in Italian.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped; front hinge split. Previoius owner's signature to upper margin of first two leaves; publisher's blindstamp to lower margin of first four leaves; stamp laid down to title. Slightly worn and browned.
La roi di Lahore, to a libretto by Louis Gallet, was first performed in Paris at the Opéra on April 27, 1877.
"... given a première production of well-documented lavishness at the Palais Garnier (which had opened only two years previously),[La roi di Lahore] firmly established the 34-year-old Massenet as a successful composer of opera... It was a two-year wonder in Paris, with 57 performances before it lapsed from the repertory, and within five years of the première it had been staged throughout Europe and in South America." Rodney Milnes in Grove Music Online. Item #29060
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