Milano: Edoardo Sonzogni, 1888.
Folio. Quarter dark brown calf with textured brown cloth boards, spine in gilt-ruled compartments with titling gilt. 1f. (recto half-title, verso blank), 1f. (recto title, verso copyright statement), 1f. (recto contents, verso blank), 1f. (recto cast list, verso blank), [vii]-xx (libretto), 480 pp. Text in Italian. Green silk ribbon bookmark bound in.
Binding slightly worn, rubbed, and bumped. Occasional minor to moderate foxing; some signatures partially split; several leaves partially detached.
In five acts to a libretto by Eugene Scribe and Emile Deschamps, Les Huguenots was first performed in Paris at the Opéra on February 29, 1836.
"In Les Huguenots Meyerbeer successfully transposed the formula of a highly variegated succession of scenes connected by a well-integrated plot from the good-versus-evil morality play of Robert le diable to a historical setting that prominently features public political turmoil... Even Meyerbeer’s detractors (such as Wagner, later in his career) have grudgingly admired the [fourth] act. In its juxtaposition of reverential Protestant victims and fanatical Catholics – both invoking the name of the Lord – the fifth act is a locus classicus for the vivid ironical contrasts characteristic of Meyerbeerian grand opera." Steven Huebner in Grove Music Online.
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